Analogue Productions - AAPJ 1133 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Steve Hoffmann & Kevin Gray at Acoustech Mastering
1,000 Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI - Riverside RLP 1133
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1958's Misterioso was culled from the same 1958 Five Spot Cafe performances that produced Thelonious In Action and features the same quartet of Monk (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Roy Haynes (drums) and Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass). The swinging 6-song set consists of of all Monk arranged originals, with the exception being "Just a Gigalo," which he performs unaccompanied here.
Griffin proves to be the perfect foil for Monk's unorthodox genius throughout, particularly on the 10-minute plus title track treasure and the multi-layered "Let's Cool One."
This album was recorded live at the Five Spot Cafe in New York City in August 1958 with Monk on piano, Johnny Griffin on sax, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Roy Haynes on drums.
There are re-workings of his earlier compositions (it should be axiomatic that Monk is a constantly self-renewing composer-arranger-musician, that each new recording of an "old" number, particularly with different personnel, represents a fresh view of it--almost a new composition).
There is one new piece: "Blues Five Spot." As that title emphasizes, this album (like Thelonious In Action) was recorded on-the-spot during Monk's 1958 engagement at New York's coloful Five Spot Cafe. Thus there is also a brief unaccompanied version of a standard ("Just a Gigolo"); characteristic of the way Thelonious opens most of his sets in a club.
The title selected for this album--Misterioso--is more than just the name of one of its numbers. It is an extremely Monk-like song title, evoking by its mild play on words (linking "mist" and "mystery") another basic characteristic of his music at this or any other time, that feeling of challenge and depth that leads a writer like Gunther Schuller to describe Thelonious quite aptly as "enigmatic and wonderful".
Thelonious Monk, piano
Johnny Griffin, tenor sax
Ahmed Abdul Malik, bass
Roy Haynes, drums
Thelonious Monk Quintet Misterioso
2. Blues Five Spot
3. Let's Cool One
4. In Walked Bud
5. Just A Gigolo
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