Thelonious Monk: Monk's Mood (1957 recording)


Monk’s Mood


Thelonious Monk (piano)


Thelonious Himself (Riverside OJCCD-254)

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Thelonious Monk (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: New York, April 1957


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

The final tune on Thelonious Himself is in fact not just Thelonious himself, and it’s akin to a fine dessert after a big meal. “Monk’s Mood” is a beautifully melancholy theme, and here it gets the most perfect treatment its author ever gave it. Monk plays unaccompanied for 2˝ minutes before Wilbur Ware plucks a few notes and John Coltrane arrives with a tender, passionate solo. Throughout, Monk’s touch is heartbreaking, and the simpatico relationship between him and Coltrane is amazing. This ranks among the most wonderful eight minutes anyone could experience.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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