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Monk, Thelonius – Brilliant corners (1956)



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Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners (1956)

On the LP Brilliant Corners, recorded in late 1956, Monk mainly performed his own music. The complex title track, which featured tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, was so difficult to play that the final version had to be edited together from multiple takes. The album, however, was largely regarded as the first success for Monk; according to producer Orrin Keepnews, "It was the first that made a real splash”.

According to one contributor on youtube, producer Keepnews (who died a day before his 92nd birthday, March 1, 2015), said about recording the title track Brilliant Corners: "That, probably, will stand, after half a century, as my most debilitating experience in a recording studio!"

1. Brilliant Corners (00:00)
2. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are (07:45)
3. Pannonica (20:54)
4. I Surrender, Dear (29:44)
5. Bemsha Swing (35:12)

Thelonious Monk (piano, celesta)
Ernie Henry (saxo alto)
Sonny Rollins (saxo tenor)
Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford (contrabajo doble)
Max Roach (batería, timbales)
Clark Terry (trompeta)

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Monk, Thelonius

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