Monday, November 12, 2012

55 Years Ago, Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane Live at Carnegie Hall

Although this recording was made on November 29, 1957, I am too excited to wait that long.

Coltrane left the Miles Davis quintet in April 1957, due to his drug addictions. In this time he tried to sober up, and before rejoining the quintet in 1958 (and went on to record the two important albums "Milestones" and "Kind of Blue"), he joined forces with the legendary pianist and leader, Thelonious Monk.

There was a studio album released, and several live shows recorded. This particular show in 1957 was only discovered in 2005 at the Library of Congress. It was remastered by Monk's son and released on Blue Note Records.

The album was critically acclaimed for a good reason; two jazz masters playing classic tracks, including "Blue Monk" as below, to great skill and form.

You must get this live album for great showmanship and intensity!

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