Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall


Thelonious Monk (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass), Shadow Wilson (drums)

Blue Note (never released before!)

Mosaic Records : LP 180 gram

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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Early Show :
A1 - Monk's Mood
A2 - Evidence
A3 - Crepuscule With Nellie
A4 - Nutty
A5 - Epistrophy
Late Show :
B1 - Bye-Ya
B2 - Sweet And Lovely
B3 - Blue Monk
B4 - Epistrophy

At Carnegie Hall was recorded on 29 November29, 1957, at "Thanksgiving Jazz", a benefit concert produced by Kenneth Lee Karpe for the Morningside Community Center in Harlem. Other acts performing included : Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, and Chet Baker with Zoot Sims. The recording, by Voice of America, documents two sets by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane that night – an early set (side A) and a late set (side B).
The tape was stored at the Library of Congress where it sat untouched, until 2005 when it was discovered by recording lab supervisor Larry Appelbaum. The recording was then restored by producer Michael Cuscuna, founder of Mosaic Records and T.S. Monk (Thelonious Monk's son).

At Carnegie Hall features the Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane in unbelievable form. The empathy and invention of the group here far surpasses the Riverside session, made months earlier. Playing together every night for 18 weeks sharpened the skills and interaction of these brilliant musicians. Monk's piano playing has never sound like this; his arpeggios are virtuosic and each note rings with clarity on the Carnegie Hall piano. Coltrane had fully mastered Monk's music by this time. In the confines of short playing times (most tunes are 4 to 6 minutes in duration), he plays with a fervid intensity trying to cram all his ideas into a brief amount of time. Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Shadow Wilson play the intricate arrangements with fluidity and push the soloists to great heights. Thanks to the clarity and presence of Wilson's drums on this recording, his work will be a revelation to anyone who had not had the fortune to see him live.

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 Mosaic Records LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.