Thelonious Monk : It's Monk's Time

Thelonious Monk : It's Monk's Time


Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Butch Warren (bass), Ben Riley (drums)

Columbia 8984

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Lulu's Back In Town
A2 - Memories of You
A3 - Stuffy Turkey
B1 - Brake's Sake
B2 - Nice Work If You Can Get It
B3 - Shuffle Boil

Recorded in January - March 1964 at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York City.

With its three compositions by Thelonious Monk (A3, B1, B3), one might call this LP from 1964 “3 Standards and 3 Monks”. The 'High Priest' of bebop had reached a further pinnacle in his career and performed with his fantastic, skilful and well-rehearsed quartet at numerous festivals and concerts. As if in a dream, the musicians penetrate the apparently simple yet rhythmically complicated themes, interrupted again and again by Monk’s solo escapades on the piano. On the stage, Monk often stood up and jigged around the piano like a lumbering dancing bear, with one of his distinctive hats on his head; he plonks down on the piano stool after the Charlie Rouse solo; his enormous feet tap back and forth to the beat; he constantly fiddles with the ring on his finger; and he creates the most wonderful improvisations ever heard with his 'false' fingering.
Calling all jazz fans: Listen to Thelonious Monk, and you will have a ball, most especially if you put this super disc with the promising title It’s Monks Time on your turntable!

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 Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under