Thelonious Monk: Green Chimneys
Thelonious Monk (piano)
Underground (Columbia CK 40785)
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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