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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.

The album was assembled by the label with material from three different sessions. The impetus for the album was the discovery of three usable studio tracks recorded by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane in July of 1957 at the beginning of the band's six-month residency at New York's legendary Five Spot club near Cooper Square. To round out the release, producer Keepnews included two outtakes from the Monk's Music album recorded the previous month, and an additional outtake from Thelonious Himself recorded in April. The latter selection, "Functional," is a solo piano piece by Monk.

It was reissued in 2000 on Fantasy Records as part of its series for back catalogue using the JVC 20-bit K2 coding system. Because of the historical significance of this album it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.


Ruby, My Dear - 6:17
Trinkle, Tinkle - 6:37
Off Minor - 5:15
Nutty - 6:35
Epistrophy - 3:07
Functional - 9:46

Thelonious Monk piano
John Coltrane tenor saxophone
Ray Copeland trumpet on "Off Minor" and "Epistrophy"
Gigi Gryce alto saxophone on "Off Minor" and "Epistrophy"
Coleman Hawkins tenor saxophone on "Off Minor" and "Epistrophy"
Wilbur Ware bass
Shadow Wilson drums on "Ruby, My Dear," "Trinkle, Tinkle," and "Nutty"
Art Blakey drums on "Off Minor" and "Epistrophy"

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