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Monk, Thelonius - The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)



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Thelonious Monk. The Unique Thelonious.

By the time of his signing to Riverside, Monk was highly regarded by his peers and by some critics, but his records remained poor sellers, and his music was still regarded as too "difficult" for more mainstream acceptance.

Indeed, with Monk's consent, Riverside had managed to buy out his previous Prestige contract for a mere $108.24.

He willingly recorded two albums of jazz standards as a means of increasing his profile: Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington (1955) and The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956).

Monk backed by Oscar Pettiford on bass and Art Blakey on drums. Monk's second album for Riverside, recorded on March 17 and April 3, 1956 and released later that year.


1. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)

2. Memories of You

3. Honeysuckle Rose

4. Darn That Dream

5. Tea for Two

6. You Are Too Beautiful

7. Just You, Just Me

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Monk, Thelonius

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