Thelonious Monk / Williams / Hanighen) SextetClick here for Real Audio SoundClips
Recorded by T.S. MONK on TAKE ONE Blue Note: CDP 7 99614 / Recorded October 16, 1991 Music Analysis The T.S. Monk Sextet's albums on Blue Note display this group's dedication to performing a repertory of modern jazz classics. These two albums feature works by Monk's father, pianist THELONIOUS MONK, one of jazz's most original composers. There are also works by trumpeters IDREES SULIEMAN (who worked with Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins) and TOMMY TURRENTINE (who worked with Jackie McLean and Max Roach), and another great Jazz Messenger pianist, WALTER DAVIS, JR. who has his own album on Blue Note. RONNIE MATHEWS, pianist with T.S. Monk, has recorded albums with Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes and Sam Jones, as well as his own albums as a leader. ROUND MIDNIGHT by THELONIOUS MONK, B Hanighen, C Williams Arr. by T.S. Monk & D. Sickler Medium swing SEXTET INSTRUMENTATION 1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef 2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax 3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar FULL SCORE This energetic medium swing treatment of a jazz classic places the melodic and harmonic elements in a different light. By raising the tempo, doubling the length of each chord (and quadrupling it in a fiery double-time solo section), augmenting some phrases, and voicing the horns in a manner reminiscent of Monk's own piano style, the composition takes flight in a fresh direction while maintaining the character of the original. SOLOS: The solo section maintains the well-known chord changes of the original, but gives them new meaning in the context of a faster tempo. These changes, while in E-flat minor, are not difficult and are essential for any aspiring jazz musician to master. OTHER RECORDINGS Thelonious Monk Complete Blue Note Recordings Blue Note 30363 Art Farmer/Donald Byrd "2 Trumpets" OJC(Prestige) 018 Bill Evans Complete Riverside Recordings Riverside 018 Charlie Parker "Bebop & Bird Vol. 1" Rhino 70197 Charles Persip "In Cased You Missed It" Soul Note 121 079 Dexter Gordon "The Other Side Of Round Midnight" Columbia 46397 and many others! Monk, Thelonious / Williams / Hanighen THELONIOUS MONK (1917-1981) One of Jazz's greatest composers, a pianist with an instantly recognizable style that defies imitation as well as one of its most enigmatic, yet colorful figures, Thelonious Monk's stature as an artist continues to grow as many of today's most prominent Jazz artists record his compositions, even devoting entire albums devoted to his music. Thelonious grew up in New York and was part of the fertile Jazz scene at Mintons and other 52nd Street clubs where the language of bebop was being created. Like Miles Davis, his musical apprenticeship was brief and he spent virtually his entire career as a leader. Monk's compositions and playing were so advanced, even for bebop, that he remained relatively obscure (but not to fellow musicians) until a famous 1957 gig at the Five Spot with John Coltrane. From that point on, he toured and recorded regularly until his health caused him to retire in the early 1970s. Monk's extensive discography, primarily on the Blue Note, Riverside and Columbia labels, includes various recordings of such standards as "Round Midnight," "In Walked Bud," "Well You Needn't," "Blue Monk" and "Straight, No Chaser." Monk's legacy continues to grow, not only from reissues of his albums and new recordings of his compositions, but through the work of his son, T.S. Monk and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Among the past winners of its annual competition are Joshua Redman and Jacky Terrason.