Friday, September 16, 2005

Monk and Coltrane

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Blue Note Records is releasing a live Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane concert that was recorded at Carnegie Hall in November of 1957. Coltrane played with the Monk Quarter for less than a year in 1957 and the band left behind little recorded material.
According to the Blue Note website, these recordings were made by the Voice of America and went filed away and undiscovered until January of this year. From the early reviews and comments posted on the site, the sound is great and the playing inspired. This concert being discovered and released is a major find, like if it was suddenly discovered that the Beatles secretly snuck out and played some live shows around the time that Sgt. Pepper was recorded and those tapes were just found. Or if someone found a dusty manuscript in an attic of a sequel to Huck Finn that Mark Twain wrote and never showed to anyone.


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