- Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Ojc
- ASIN: B000000Y1H
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,495 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
CD > POPULAR MUSIC > ROCK
Few composers or improvisers can match the originality of pianist Thelonious Monk. Quirky yet rigorously logical, Monk's playful but always purposeful choice of skewed melodies and interrupted rhythm patterns gave the bebop movement, and jazz in total, a new sound that was totally modern. Although he created a surprisingly limited body of compositions, his impact on the vocabulary and canon of jazz is second to none, including such prolific giants as Duke Ellington. Brilliant Corners is a triumph of both performance and conception: the two small-group sessions, anchored by Monk, drummer Max Roach, and the bass work of either Oscar Pettiford or Paul Chambers, feature superb front-line performances by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and the tragically under-recorded Ernie Henry, as well as trumpeter Clark Terry. The title track, which centers the collection, is one of Monk's most unconventional pieces, skirting whole-tone, chromatic and Lydian scales; a version of "Pannonica" finds Monk doubling on celeste, while the band stretches out on "Bemsha Swing" and the blues "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are." --Fred Goodman
Top customer reviews
There's a great story on Wikipedia of how bassist Oscar Pettiford couldn't keep up with the changes during the recording of the song 'Brilliant Corners,' so he just began to pantamime playing, fooling Orrin Keepnews to believe that his mic was malfunctioning. When I listen to this song, I wonder if I could keep up had I been a musician in the band. And I know--there's no way! This song challenges the listener... I can't imagine how challenging it was to the band, who supposedly began shouting at each other during its recording. Only sax god Sonny Rollins had no problem with the recording.... big surprise!
I love this album for stories like this. The challenge of the songs makes it great to listen to over and over again. Just as in all of his best work, Monk is teaching us something about how to listen.
Most recent customer reviews
"Thelonious Monk remains among the most challenging, provocative, and disturbing figures in modern music" - Orrin Keepnews.
Five LEGENDARY Stars!Read more