The Jazz Show Episode March 31, 2014

Broadcast on 31-Mar-2014

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Pianist/composer/icon Thelonious Monk: "Underground"

This wonderful recording that seems to be overlooked was Monk's penultimate recording for Columbia Records and the final official documentation of his Quartet with the great tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. They do three new Monk compositions on this disc. The rest were performed at a later date with Rouse absent due to a death in his family so it is Monk with his regular accompanists, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The bonus is a tune (a Monk classic: "In Walked Bud")with a vocal by Jon Hendricks, who was visiting the session. This was only the third time Monk had ever recorded with a vocalist. This album won a Grammy for it's unique cover but although it's near the end of Monk's career the music is superb. The title "Underground" refers more to the album's cover rather than to Monk himself who by this time was recognized as one of the most important figures in Jazz music both as a composer and pianist. Check Monk out always!

Track Listing:

Falling In Love With love
Hank Mobley · Hank Mobley Sextet
Mighty Mo And Joe
Hank Mobley · Hank Mobley Sextet
News
Hank Mobley · Hank Mobley Sextet
New Box
Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland · Paris Jazz Concert
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland · Paris Jazz Concert
The JAMFS Are Coming
Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland · Paris Jazz Concert
It Don't mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Dizzy Gillespie · Diz and Getz
Dark Eyes
Dizzy Gillespie · For Musicians Only
I'm Late, I'm Late
Stan Getz · Focus
Shulie-A-Bop
Sarah Vaughan · Swiingin' Easy
Lover Man
Sarah Vaughan · Swingin' Easy
They Can't Take That Away From Me.From Me
Sarah Vaughan · Swingin' Easy
Ugly Beauty
Thelonious Monk · Underground
Boo Boo's Birthday
Thelonious Monk · Underground
Green Chimneys
Thelonious Monk · Underground
Thelonious
Thelonious Monk · Underground
Raise Four
Thelonious Monk · Underground