Thelonious Monk: I Should Care (1948)
I Should Care
Thelonious Monk (piano)
The Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note 30363)
Composed by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston [nota bene: Weston and his wife, singer Jo Stafford, would shortly hereafter form the immortal comedy team of Jonathan & Darlene Edwards].
Recorded: New York, July 2, 1948
Rating: 62/100 (learn more)
At a historic session where he first recorded his stunning originals "Evidence," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy" and "I Mean You," Monk was asked to perform something, umm … recognizable. The hermetically self- contained pianist reacts like an exterminator faced with rampant infestation, transforming a harmless ditty from an MGM musical into obstreperous cacophony recalling composer Charles Ives's 1890s' polytonal experiments pitting two brass bands blaring opposing marches in a New England town square. They couldn't have been more at odds than Monk and his hapless vocalist. With bop's high priest dispensing such low comedy, could Jonathan & Darlene Edwards be far behind?
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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