Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall 2LP
Carnegie Hall Concert On Double LP!
A forgotten November 1957 Carnegie Hall concert taped by Voice Of America radio
was discovered by the Library of Congress with two appearances by the Thelonious
Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.
These two 25-minute, five-tune sets feature the quartet in great fidelity and
unbelievable form. The empathy and invention of the group here far surpasses the
Riverside session, made months earlier. Playing together every night for 18
weeks sharpened the skills and interaction of these brilliant musicians. Monk's
piano playing has never sound like this; his arpeggios are virtuosic and each
note rings with clarity on the Carnegie Hall piano. Coltrane had fully mastered
Monk's music by this time. In the confines of short playing times (most tunes
are 4 to 6 minutes in duration), he plays with a fervid intensity trying to cram
all his ideas into a brief amount of time. Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Shadow Wilson
play the intricate arrangements with fluidity and push the soloists to great
heights. Thanks to the clarity and presence of Wilson's drums on this recording,
his work will be a revelation to anyone who had not had the fortune to see him
• Double LP
• 60th Anniversary 2LP edition mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Studios
Thelonious Monk, piano
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums
Side One: Early Show
1. Monk's Mood
Side Two: Early Show, Cont'd.
1. Crepuscule With Nellie
Side Three: Late Show
2. Sweet And Lovely
Side Four: Late Show, Cont'd.
1. Blue Monk
2. Epistrophy (incomplete)
Recorded on November 29, 1957 by Voice of America at Carnegie Hall, New York