Thelonious Monk in Action

Thelonious Monk in Action


Thelonious Monk (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)

Riverside 1190

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - Light Blue
2 - Coming On The Hudson
3 - Rhythm-A-Ning
4 - Epistrophy (theme)
5 - Blue Monk
6 - Evidence
7 - Epistrophy (theme)

Recorded on August 7, 1958, live at the Five Spot in New York City.

The place: one of New York's most celebrated jazz rooms, the Five Spot. The time: summer 1958. The leader is the great Thelonious Monk, at the peak of his abilities as a performer and captured "in action" at the club where he first emerged into the spotlight. The band is one that has been drastically undervalued in history, largely because it was the successor to the legendary quartet that featured John Coltrane. But this group - Johnny Griffin, Roy Haynes, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and their exuberant leader - created two highly memorable in-performance albums (of which this is the first) of classic Monk repertoire.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.