(Magyar) MAO Legendás albumok | Thelonius Monk: Monk’s Music
Gábor Cseke – piano
Kornél Fekete-Kovács – trumpet
Dávid Ülkei – alto sax
Kristóf Bacsó – tenor sax
Ádám Bögöthy – double bass
László Csízi – drums
Thelonius Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Easily distinguishable after his unique improvisational style and use of keyboard (‘the elephant of the keyboard’ by Philip Larkin). Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Elligton, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.
Monk’s Music is an album of Monk’s jazz septet. It was recorded in New York in 1957. Amongst the most well-known pieces of Monk’s oeuvre ‘Ruby, My Dear’ and ‘Well, You Needn’t’ are featuring on this one. The former is a ballad that Monk titled after Rubie Richardson, his first love. The title of this latter one was inspired by jazz singer Charles Beamon. Monk wrote a song and told Beamon he was going to name it after him, to which Beamon replied, “Well, you need not”.
Tonight the whole of the album is presented by seven members of Modern Art Orchestra the way it originally gain shape in the hands of Thelonius Monk.