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Trane meets Monk

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We turn back the clock 60 years with a set from the Thelonious Monk quartet featuring a young John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.

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It's Thelonious Monk's centenary year in 2017, and also the 60th birthday of Monk and Trane's iconic meeting at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We'll hear from both the early and late sets from this recording - featuring the high priest of jazz in full flight alongside John Coltrane on tenor sax, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums.

Presented by Henry Rasmussen
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Trane meets Monk


Aug 31, 2017. 9:00pm - 10:00pm

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Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 - February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser" "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke...

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On Sep 1, 2017. 9:00am
Anonymous said

I own many of Monk's magical recordings which feature him solo as well as playing in other configurations, yet this live performance, is to me at least, the best I've ever heard him. This pairing of two extraordinarily creative spirits represented a true musical marriage celebrated in the Elysian Fields! Their empathy was astounding. The mood overall appeared relaxed, joyful and even playful at times, as the band powered ahead on Monk's delightful repertoire. Monk's support and fills under Coltrane's increasingly explorational solos was exhilarating to the ears. The support from an encouraging rhythm section allowed Monk and Trane to commute flawlessly. What's more, the sound quality for the time was excellent. However I do have one disappointment. I wasn't there to hear them live!
Thanks Henry and all others at ABC Jazz.
Christopher Lynch.

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