Mulligan Meets Monk documents the 1957 meeting of two sharp musical minds. Though the pairing may seem unlikely, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan - whose cool, West Coast style blends dexterity with laid-back grace - and Thelonious Monk - whose radical, angular piano playing and thoroughly modern compositions are blueprints for the possibilities of bop - sound remarkable together. Mulligan acquits himself admirably on the Monk classics "'Round Midnight," "Rhythm-a-ning," and "Straight, No Chaser," unfurling his smooth tone over their zigzagging melodies and ambitious scalar architecture.
Piano – Thelonious Monk. Producer, Producer – Orrin Keepnews. Technician – Danny Kopelson. Including previously unreleased outtakes and versions from Mulligan Meets Monk (Riverside 247) including the extensive solo version of 'Round Midnight. A1, A3, C1, C2, D1: previously unreleased.
Mulligan Meets Monk is a studio album by American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, originally released on Riverside Records in 1957. It has been reissued numerous times. It was remastered for CD in 1987 (on Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics) with three additional alternative takes from the original session. Side One. "'Round Midnight" (Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen) – 8:29. Rhythm-a-Ning" (Monk) – 5:19.
Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk - Rhythm-a-ning Mulligan Meets Monk, 1957 05:16. Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser Mulligan Meets Monk, 2018 06:57. Artist: Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk.
Still, it's a good album that sometimes gets lost in the sequence of great albums (and live gigs) that Monk was making at the time. 3 people found this helpful.
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