Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser 180g Import LP
180 Gram Vinyl! Classic! Stellar Action Between Monk & Charlie Rouse! Mature Flavor!
A few years after recording Straight, No Chaser, Thelonious Monk disappeared from the public eye. But as the years passed, more people became aware of the seminal role he played in the development in jazz as both pianist and composer, creating a standard of excellence that many musicians after him aspire to. Produced by Teo Macero, who was also responsible for legendary albums such as Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue and Dave Brubeck's Time Out!, Monk's Straight, No Chaser is a classic in its own right. It's the last album the talented pianist and composer recorded with his quartet consisting of Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley on drums and his musical soul mate Charlie Rouse on tenor sax. It includes a light yet mature version of one of his standards; "Straight, No Chaser" is 'one idea played again and again, each time in a different part of the measure and with a different ending', and highlights some stellar action between Monk and Rouse.
"While far from being somber, this unit retained a mature flavor which would likewise place Monk's solos in a completely new context. At times, this adaptation presents itself more subtly than others. For instance, Monk's extended solo in 'Locomotive' never reaches beyond itself due in part to the tempo-laden rhythm section. The contrast of styles, however, appreciates the caliber of this particular solo, including an obvious assertion by Monk which leads the band, albeit temporarily, into playing double-time." - Lindsay Planer, allmusic.com
• Audiophile 180g Vinyl
• Specially Remastered for Music On Vinyl in the U.S.
Thelonious Monk, piano
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
2. I Didn't Know About You
3. Straight, No Chaser
1. Japanese Folk Song
2. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
3. We See