Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Jazz 101: Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane - Ruby, My Dear (buy)

Both Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane were brilliant jazz musicians, and their talents meshed well together. This album, Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, is pure genius. The featured track, Ruby, My Dear, is deliciously good.

This one, called Off Minor, really highlights Monk's angular, slightly crazy, yet alluring style of composing.

Thelonious Monk - Off Minor (buy)

The sax part on Off Minor is played by Coleman Hawkins.

Get it while supplies last.


godoggo said...

Worth mentioning that that's Coleman Hawkins, not Coltrane on Of Minor.

Wonderful album. I tend to like Monk best when the drummer is Art Blakey, who plays on some of this album, I'm not sure how much off hand.

Paul said...

godoggo. Thanks for pointing out the confusion. I fixed it. I included Off Minor because I think it's so representative of Monk's style.