Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01Beginnings20171120

Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley celebrate the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.

This week, to mark the centenary of his birth, Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley discuss the life and work of jazz composer, pianist, and legend - Thelonious Monk. The week begins with a look at the early years of Monk's career.

Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk (piano)

Round Midnight
Cootie Williams and his Orchestra

Little Boy
Reverend Samuel Kelsey

Overhand (New Froggy Bottom)
Mary Lou Williams and Trio

Nice work if you can get it (George/Ira Gershwin)
Joe Guy, trumpet/vocals
Thelonious Monk, piano
Nick Fenton, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums

Flyin' Hawk
Coleman Hawkins Quartet:
Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Edward 'Basie' Robinson, bass
Denzil Decosta Best, drums

Misterioso
Milt Jackson, vibes
Thelonious Monk, piano
John Simmons, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums

In Walked Bud
George Taitt, trumpet
Sahib Shihab, alto sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Bob Paige, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Straight No Chaser
Sahib Shihab, alto sax
Milt Jackson, vibes
Thelonious Monk, piano
Al McKibbon, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk/Denzil Best)
Miles Davis, trumpet
Milt Jackson, vibes
Thelonious Monk, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums

Rhythm-a-ning (alternate take)
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Barney Wilen, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Art Taylor, drums

Producer: Lyndon Jones.

02The 1950s And 1960s20171121

Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley celebrate the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.

Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley continue their celebration of the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Today the focus is on how Monk's work and career evolved during the 1950s and 60s.

Criss Cross
Sahib Shihab, alto sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Milt Jackson, vibes
Al McKibbon, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Blue Monk
Thelonious Monk, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Bye-Ya
Thelonious Monk, piano
Gary Mapp, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Friday the 13th
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Julius Watkins, French horn
Thelonious Monk, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Willie Jones, drums

Hackensack
Thelonious Monk, piano
Gene Ramey, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Jerome Kern)
Thelonious Monk, piano

Tea for Two (Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Skippy
Kenny Durham, trumpet
Lou Donaldson, alto sax
Lucky Thompson, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Nelson Boyd, bass
Max Roach, drums

Monk's Mood
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Wilbur Ware, bass

Producer: Lyndon Jones.

03Album Focus - Brilliant Corners20171122

Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley celebrate the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.

Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley continue their celebration of the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Today, the focus is on one seminal Monk album from 1956: Brilliant Corners.

Honeysuckle Rose (Fats Waller/Andy Razaf)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk, piano
Ernie Henry, alto sax
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Max Roach, drums

Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
Thelonious Monk, piano
Ernie Henry, alto sax
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Max Roach, drums

Pannonica
Thelonious Monk, piano/celeste
Ernie Henry, alto sax
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Max Roach, drums

I Surrender, Dear (Harry Barris)
Thelonious Monk, piano

Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk/Denzil Best)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Clark Terry, trumpet
Paul Chambers, bass
Max Roach, timpani

Producer: Lyndon Jones.

04The 1960s And 1970s20171123

Donald Macleod charts Thelonious Monk's career from the late 1950s to the 1970s.

Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley continue their celebration of the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Today's programme charts Monk's career from the late 1950s to the 1970s, a period during which Monk had huge successes with a residency at the Five Spot Café, legendary concerts at New York's Carnegie and Town Halls, and a 1971 visit to London

Ruby My Dear
Coleman Hawkins, Coleman Hawkins
Thelonious Monk, piano
Wilbur Ware, bass
Art Blakey, drums

I Mean You (take 2)
Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Wilbur Ware, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums

Evidence
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums

Nutty
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums

Crepuscule with Nellie
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
John Ore, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums

Five Spot Blues
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
John Ore, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums

Trinkle Tinkle (take 3)
Thelonious Monk, piano

Introspection (take 3)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Al McKibbon, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Ruby My Dear
Thelonious Monk, piano
Al McKibbon, bass
Art Blakey, drums.

05 LASTAlbum Focus - Underground20171124

Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley focus on the Thelonious Monk album Underground.

Today, presenter Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley conclude their celebration the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk with a focus on a single album, Underground. It's a classic, regularly appearing in lists of 'must-have' jazz albums. Released in 1968, at a time of profound civic unrest and upheaval in the USA, the record immediately draws attention to itself through its uncompromising sleeve, which casts Monk in the role of jazz renegade freedom fighter. The music, while evincing Monk's trademark idiosyncrasy and visionary individuality, is far from agitprop, featuring a wide range of touching and colourful biographical portraits.

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

Ugly Beauty
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

Raise Four
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

Boo Boo's Birthday
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

Easy Street (Alan Rankin Jones)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

Green Chimneys
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk/Jon Hendricks)
Jon Hendricks, vocals
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums

Little Rootie Tootie
Thelonious Monk, piano
Thelonious Monk Orchestra.