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Genius of Modern Music 2 [Original recording remastered]

Thelonious Monk, T. S. MonkAudio CD
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listen12. Sixteen (Second Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24 Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1951
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005MIZ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By 78 RPM
Format:Audio CD
Since I first heard them, Thelonious Monk's Blue Note recordings have captivated me like no other jazz recordings. They are simply the best work by a genius modern composer. While numerous pictures of Monk exist in which he wears the boppers uniform of beret, horn rim glasses and pin stripe suit ( the photo of monk, roy eldridge and howard mcghee-taken in front of Minton's comes to mind) it's a mistake to think of monk as just another exponent of the Bebop school. He is something much more than that-a unique individual in his music, rendering something much more deeply will hear that in this stellar music. If you like individuality, uniqueness, playfulness and adventure in your jazz, then this is for you. You won't be disappointed.
My only quibble with this set is that there is simply no reason not to include the July 2, 1948 session either at the beginning of this set or at the end of "Genius of modern music, Volume 1." That brilliant session included such classics as "Evidence," "Misterioso", "Epistrophy" and "I mean You," all of which are essential blue note monk tunes. Why aren't they on either of these volumes? There are no time constraints. There's simply no good reason.
But be that as it may, this is still desert island modern jazz. And you can pick up that missing brilliant session on either "The best of monk on blue note" or the french CD "Thelonious Monk 1947-1948," ; Classics CD 1118. In whatever form you find it, don't miss this superb music.
And, "I mean you."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk on Blue Note December 1, 2001
By G B
Format:Audio CD
This is the second installment of Thelonious Monk on Blue Note, recorded 4 years after Genius of Modern Music Volume 1. Though it doesn't feature as many of the pianist's most famous compositions as Volume 1, it has several things going for it. The sidemen are much, much better here -- Monk and vibraphonist Milt Jackson play very well together, while Sahib Shihab and Art Blakey "get" Monk's ideas much better than they did on Volume 1. (Listen to Blakey's rim shots on the intro to "Straight No Chaser" -- awesome!) The second half of the CD features Max Roach and two up-and-coming stars -- alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and underrated trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The compositions aren't Monk's most popular (except for "Straight No Chaser"), but contain quite a few lost classics: "Criss Cross", "Four in One", "Eronel", and "Skippy". There's also a beautiful reading of the standard "Willow Weep for Me". I actually prefer The Thelonious Monk Trio (on Prestige/Fantasy) over this CD, but this is still classic early Monk. And if you like this music, get the RVG remaster of Volume 1 too.
By the way, there's a mistake in the CD case track listing and consequently on this site: track 7 is not "Nice Work if You Can Get It" but rather an alternate take of "Four in One".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as Volume 1, but worth digging up. October 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After his debut recordings as a leader in 1947, it was quite a while until Thelonious Monk returned to the studio as a leader. His next two sessions for Blue Note, in the summer of 1951 and spring of 1952 are collected as "Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2". Although LP technology was available, Blue Note chose to keep Monk in the single format.

The first session, from the summer of '51 finds Monk with perhaps the first frontline that truly "got" his music in alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab and vibist Milt Jackson, with bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey anchoring the session. With the exception of a reading of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (which Monk curiously recorded for Blue Note in 1947 as well), all the pieces are Monk originals, and this level of focus benefits the band, whether it's the midtempo oddball "Criss Cross" (which works nicely with the odd frontline), ecstatic "Straight No Chaser" (which curiously flounders a bit on Shihab's solo), or piano feature "Ask Me Now", where Monk really shows just what he's capable of.

The second session produces far less interesting music, with Monk accompanied by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, reedmen Lou Donaldson (on alto) and Lucky Thompson (on tenor), bassist Nelson Boyd and drummer Max Roach. By and large, it feels as though the horns don't quite get into this as much they should and they seem to get in the way of each other. "Skippy" is fantastic, full of energy and explosiveness, mid-tempo number "Let's Cool One" works reasonably well, but some of the material ("Sixteen", standards "Carolina Moon" and "I'll Follow You") receive straight and largely uninteresting reading. This is most surprising on "I'll Follow You", which sheds the horns entirely and presents Monk in a trio setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Bands. 2 sets. Pure Monk. January 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Tracks 1 - 9: Thelonious Monk - piano, Sahib Shihab - alto sax, Milt Jackson - vibes, Al McKibbon - bass, Art Blakey - drums. Recorded on 7/23/51.

Tracks 10 - 18: Thelonious Monk - piano, Kenny Dorham - trumpet, Lou Donaldson - alto sax, Lucky Thompson - tenor sax, Nelson Boyd - bass, Max Roach - drums. Recorded on 5/30/52.

This is one of the great documents of Thelonious Monk's unique (and totally engaging) style and vision. I almost considered giving this 4 stars for no other reason than I know that the Rouse band is probably more popular/familiar for most people, but I just couldn't. This is five stars all the way.

Actually, seeing a previous review (after writing mine) has made me slip this note in here and drop it down to 4. I don't have that '48 session! That IS a good question... if it can fit on here, why isn't it on here? Although, for what IS here, it's still a 5-star disc.

I wonder whether this review will be mainly read by longtime Monk fans, or by people who are new to him. For those of you who know his stuff... everything that is Monk... it's all here. This is a fantastic disc! For those of you who are new to him but have other jazz discs... you're in for a treat. No one elses music moves like Monk's moves. Everything about him stands alone. Once you get acquainted with his music, his rhythms, melodies (of his tunes), and piano playing will be instantly recognizable to you because, like I said... his music has its own distinct sense of movement.

That off-kilter sense of bouncy, swinging thrust that Dolphy's music has... it's due in part to his fascination with our man right here, Monk.

I love this disc, and the fact that it's by 2 different bands is really nice. You get to hear that Monk Vision as filtered through the lenses of 2 distinct bands. As for which band I prefer, it just depends on my mood. Both bands have it! As for this disc, you should have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2, Thelonius Monk's first recorded works.
These tracks are important to me. I need to listen to them periodically. I used to have them on 78s, later on lps. and now on CDs at last. The same goes for the tracks on vol. 1.
Published 6 months ago by Leland H. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars His Second Step To International Fame!
His stay with Blue Note Records from 1947 to 1954 was essential, but would be no
less achieved and magisterial as his first recordings as both solo leader and jazz star... Read more
Published 10 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Thelonious beginnings continued
Thelonious Monk / genius of modern music Volume 2: This music is as great as what was found in volume one. Here is Monks early version of "Straight no chaser". Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great condition, shipped quickly and on time. This CD was for my Dad, and he's absolutely in love with it and won't stop listening to it. Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by A. Oakland
3.0 out of 5 stars Does anyone else hear it?
5 Stars for the great music but does anyone else hear the annoying "da duh duh da da" of someone, I assume Monk, humming or singing the notes in the background on most of the... Read more
Published on April 15, 2007 by Tolga J. Morawski
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Missed
Monk on Blue Note with superb supporting musicians playing many of his best known compositions. Can't go wrong here. Read more
Published on November 28, 2004 by R. J. Marsella
5.0 out of 5 stars hello???
i can't believe no one else has reviewed this record. well, if you're reading this, GET IT! this and volume one are like the hot fives of the post-war, for god's sake.
Published on October 12, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This aptly named collection should be a staple for jazz fans
I purchased this collection about 4 years ago and it is one of my favorite CD's. This contains some of the most freewheeling and inspired music I have ever heard. Read more
Published on May 5, 1999
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