180 Gram Gatefold LP
With the sole exception of an October 24, 1947 Blue Note date, Thelonious Monk didn’t record any trio sides during the early years of his career other than the ones presented on this LP, which were taped for Prestige in 1952 and 1954. These were Monk’s first recorded versions of all of the compositions included. Considering his lack of recording opportunities, however, it can’t be assumed that he composed them all strictly for the 1952-1954 sessions. Some of them had been written many years earlier, as Monk is known to have already composed many of his tunes by 1944. Other than the pianist’s original compositions, the trio also cut two standards, “These Foolish Things” and “Sweet and Lovely”. “Just a Gigolo” was the only unaccompanied piano performance of the sessions.
1 LITTLE ROOTIE TOOTIE (Thelonious Monk) 3:05
2 SWEET AND LOVELY (Gus Arnheim-Jules LeMare-Harry Tobias) 3:34
3 BYE-YA (Thelonious Monk) 2:45
4 MONK’S DREAM (Thelonious Monk) 3:05
5 TRINKLE TINKLE (Thelonious Monk) 2:49
6 THESE FOOLISH THINGS (Harry Link-Holt Marvell-Jack Strachey) 2:46
7 NUTTY (Thelonious Monk) 5:16*
1 BLUE MONK (Thelonious Monk) 7:36
2 JUST A GIGOLO (Julius Brammer-Irving Caesar-Leonello Casucci) 2:49
3 BEMSHA SWING (Thelonious Monk-Denzil Best) 3:09
4 REFLECTIONS (Thelonious Monk) 2:46
5 WORK (Thelonious Monk) 5:17*
*BONUS TRACKS: From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.
THELONIOUS MONK, piano
On all tracks, plus:
A1-A4: GARY MAPP, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
New York, October 15, 1952.
A5-A6 & B3-B4: GARY MAPP, bass; MAX ROACH, drums.
New York, December 18, 1952.
A7, B1-B2 & B5: PERCY HEATH, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
Hackensack, New Jersey, September 22, 1954.
[On B2 Monk plays unaccompanied piano.]