Thelonious Monk: Green Chimneys


Green Chimneys


Thelonious Monk (piano)


Underground (Columbia CK 40785)

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Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: New York City, December 14, 1968


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

“Green Chimneys” was a new composition on this date, named after the school Monk’s daughter attended. At nine minutes in duration, this track is the longest on a Grammy-winning album, which is made up of three remarkable quartet sessions. Monk, already winding down his career at the helm of modern jazz, brought in his partner Charlie Rouse for the final time. The love and admiration for each other’s style is apparent, as is Monk’s undying fascination with jagged and exploratory comping.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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