Round Midnight

Thelonious Monk / Williams / Hanighen) Sextet

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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.