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Big Band And Quartet In Concert

June 14, 1994

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Legacy/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:47:34
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  • ASIN: B00138J8S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,425 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This Double set is a must have.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
This is, all in all, remarkably demanding music that for all its complexity swings the house down.
Richard W. Cutler
This is the Monk big band set for me.
Eliminator Man

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on April 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the late 1950s Monk made his first big-band disc, a live concert recorded at Town Hall. The charts were by Hall Overton; the featured soloists aside from Monk were Charlie Rouse (one of his earliest appearances with Monk), Phil Woods & Donald Byrd. More or less the same format is adhered to with Monk's second big-band date, recorded in Dec. 1963 at Lincoln Center: the Overton charts include one piece with an arrangement of a previously recorded Monk solo (on the Town Hall date it was "Little Rootie Tootie"; here it's "Four in One", the solo lifted from the Blackhawk album on Riverside); Rouse & Woods are present again, with Thad Jones on cornet the other main soloist. The original album was chopped down a bit, omitting several tracks & editing out some of the drum solos; it's restored here, & while one might regret the inclusion of all those drum solos it's inarguably an improvement to have the unreleased tracks.
In some ways the best stuff on the album isn't the big band but the quartet & solo tracks that serve as an interlude: "When It's Darkness on the Delta" is one of Monk's best solo performances, & "Misterioso" is superb. The program is mostly less-frequently encountered Monk tunes like "Light Blue", "Four in One" & "Played Twice", which makes a nice change of pace from Monk's run of Columbias (where the repertoire ended up rather heavy on warhorses like "Blue Monk" & "Ruby My Dear"). -- There is even one new tune, "Oska T.": no-one will ever claim this as one of Monk's greatest compositions--it's little more than two riffs soldered together with a typically Monkian sense of humour (they barely fit together!).
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Anderson on April 14, 2000
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If I had to pick recordings for a stay on a desert island, this would be one of them. All of the tunes are great, and the CD provides recordings left out and edited down from the album, which I played many, many times. I'll just mention a couple of the cuts here.
"I Mean You" is absolutely fabulous. Frankie Dunlap replies in his solo to what the others had done, and the soloists (Jones, Woods, and, ahem, oh well, Rouse) seemd to be on the same frequency. This tune really rocks.
I don't know why this album isn't looked upon with such favor by many people. It is great. And for those who question Monk's skill as a pianist, sit back and take in his solo interpretation of "Darkness on the Delta."
Overton's arrangements are great. It's just too bad more of these recordings weren't made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Cutler on November 14, 2007
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This is, all in all, remarkably demanding music that for all its complexity swings the house down. I can only echo the praise other reviewers have heaped upon this extraordinary concert. As good as all the soloists are, Monk simply defines himself in a separate class, an orchestra unto himself. "Four In One," with its scoring of Monk's recorded solo, is the premier track, but one cannot overlook "Evidence" --one of the most remarkable minimalist compositions of modern music in any idiom-- which thrives from Monk's conclusion of his solo with the rhythmic riff picked up by the entire band. And who but Monk could resurrect "Darkness on the Delta," a song not recorded for thirty years at the time of this concert?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eliminator Man on July 21, 2011
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I can't believe this double disc for six bucks. This is incredible music and I bet I paid over 20 when it first came out as a double. Like others here I had the original LP and was excited for the additions. I was listening to this this morning while I stained my deck. The discs may be a little short on time by modern standards but that's all there was. This is the Monk big band set for me.
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As far as I can perceive, Monk had only 3 big band encounters and at least two were successful but the one with Oliver Nelson, a dud unfortunately, which leaves one to consider which is the best, the Riverside or this Columbia re-release. The first session has Pepper Adams but is not as well recorded as the Columbia which includes Steve Lacy though his solo which was present on vinyl is cut here. Nevertheless, if you're a Monk fan, this recording is still recommended since Monk also included 2 new compositions and also songs that were not on the original issue. Hall Overton was the perfect arranger for these 2 sessions.
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By Disink on May 21, 2014
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Monk released a lot of albums in the sixties, and it's no surprise that this one tends to be overlooked: the songs look endlessly long (nothing with the big band save "Epistrophy" is under ten minutes), it's the same songs Monk had been playing live for at least five years, and isn't there already At Town Hall if you want to hear Monk with a big band? Yet this is a unique concert, and it's a way of hearing songs like "I Mean You" or "Evidence" arranged right, with the right players putting everything they have into making a big sound, and on this record, Monk does everything big. And it is quite a band: Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse (of course), Steve Lacy (but no solos, sadly), Eddie Bert, and the wonderful Thad Jones are just a part of this band, and it's a joy to hear them stretch out over some Monk classics and one new song, "Oska T", which starts with a pummeling and ends in a vaudeville twist, a true curiosity even in his catalog. This was for a 12/30/63 Philharmonic Hall show, and clearly everyone was well prepared, and a new listener should decide how prepared he or she is for what's here.

There are two types of tunes here, essentially. The first are lengthy big band workouts of tunes like opening number "Bye-Ya", which misses the spontaneity of the Prestige recording, but amps up the recent Monk's Dream version. The band locks in nicely, and some good solos are on hand, though the slower tempo could turn off some listeners. That is a problem with any big band: go too fast, and you lose your players, but go too slow, and you lose your listeners.
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