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Thelonious Monk Quartet's Monk's Dream on Hybrid SACD
from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
Thelonious Monk's Columbia Records Debut Bursts with Blues, Stride, Gospel,
and Swing: Monk's Dream Conveys a Joyous, Boundless, Exhilarating Freedom That
Encourages Repeat Listening
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes for Audiophile Sound and Limited to
3,000 Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD of 1963 Set Features Stunning Clarity,
Responsiveness, and Presence
The historical import, musical genius, and timeless artistry of Monk's Dream can
be best appreciated by first placing the record in the context of its era. In
short, Thelonious Monk's joyful Columbia Records debut triggered a domino effect
of mainstream attention, best-selling success, and across-the-board respect that
led him to become one of only six jazz musicians to ever grace the cover of Time
– then America's most widely read weekly magazine. Couple the extraordinary feat
with the fact the British Invasion and Beatlemania were already in full swing,
and the cultural significance – not to mention its place in the jazz canon – of
Monk's Dream skyrockets to near-unthinkable heights.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 3,000
numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition hybrid SACD pays tribute
to the 1963 album's merit and enhances the music for generations to come. This
audiophile-grade collector's edition strips away any lingering audio limitations
to provide a clear, transparent, and up-close view of a set that inspired
DownBeat to award the record a five-star review in which critic Pete Welding
correctly proclaimed it "a stunning reaffirmation of [Monk's] powers as a
performer and composer."
Such potency reveals itself as all the more obvious on an SACD afforded stellar
reproduction of the multi-layered complexities, challenging tonalities, and
nontraditional rhythms that conspire to place Monk's finest outings in a league
of their own. Accurately portraying the complete scale of a piano remains one of
the most difficult tasks to accomplish on a recording. And yet the sound of
Monk's instrument here captures its wide-bandwidth frequency response and inner
cavity, allowing notes to individually register all the while pairing with
succeeding and decaying chords in seamless fashion. The presence, tones, and
contributions of the colleagues surrounding Monk – tenor saxophonist Charlie
Rouse, bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop – come across, too, with a
lifelike realism rivaled only by sitting in an intimate club.
Benefiting from the newfound immediacy, clarity, and ink-black backgrounds on
Mobile Fidelity's reissue are five originals and three covers that demonstrate
the boundless vistas of Monk's vision, aptitude, and inventiveness. As acclaimed
scribe Gary Giddins wrote while reminding us the North Carolina native's motto
was "jazz is freedom," Monk's Dream exposes his "dauntless
concentration, impressive faith, and an almost childlike glee." These traits
spark works such as the spry interpretation of "Body and Soul," which Monk
handles sans accompaniment, and guide the quirky angles that snake around and
shape "Bolivar Blues," the title of which refers to a Manhattan hotel.
Throughout, Monk's Dream conveys an exhilarating freedom that mirrors the
improvisational twists, dissonant techniques, and melodic turns Monk embraced
not only in the studio (and on the stage) but in everyday life. Considered by
some to be too idiosyncratic for his own good, his flawless craftsmanship,
underlying irreverence, and deep-seated knowledge of swing, stride, blues, and
gospel raise this 1963 album to mythical levels – and let the inner contours,
deliberate phrasings, and urgent solos on tracks like "Bye-Ya" and the title cut
exhibit new details, themes, and directions with each listen.
Indeed, above everything, Monk's Dream encourages constant exploration and
repeat plays. Forever bursting with fresh ideas, it refuses to stand still,
instead buzzing with the energy of a city celebrating its internal commotion and
dancing to the influences that made its current modernism possible. Monk was
just decades ahead of everyone else in figuring out how this seemingly
incongruent yet delightfully cool tango sounded. Fortunately for the rest of us,
he documented it and called it Monk's Dream.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered Limited Edition - 3000 Copies
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Monk's Dream
2. Body And Soul
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Five Spot Blues
5. Bolivar Blues
6. Just A Gigolo
8. Sweet And Lovely