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Sunday Morning Music



You are listening to "Blue Monk" from Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall.

From Wikipedia:
It was recorded on 29 November 1957 at "Thanksgiving Jazz", a benefit concert produced by Kenneth Lee Karpe for the Morningside Community Center in Harlem. Other acts playing included: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, and Chet Baker with Zoot Sims. The recording, by Voice of America, documents two sets by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane that night – an early set (tracks 1-5) and a more relaxed late set (tracks 6-9), which the recording does not fully document.

The tape was stored at the Library of Congress where it sat untouched, until 2005 when it was discovered by recording lab supervisor Larry Appelbaum. The recording was then restored by producer Michael Cuscuna and T.S. Monk (Thelonious Monk's son).
It's remarkable that this recording sat for nearly 50 years before it was discovered and restored.

Head nod once again to my friend Benjamin who suggested I check out this album. I purchased it via iTunes several weeks ago and it has been making regular rotations on my work iPod. A great album.

Enjoy your Sunday.