AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Impex - IMP6020 / Columbia CS 9451 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered 3,000 Copies Limited Edition
All Valve Mastering by Kevin Gray from the Original Master Tapes - Pressed at RTI
What Impex has added to this now double-LP set could have been done originally if Columbia hadn’t cheaped out and released a single LP. Once you’ve heard the full tunes, the original album sounds like the cut-and-paste job it was. That is what makes this Impex reissue such a treasure - theAudiobeat
Available for the first time on all-analog 180-gram 2-LPs
Features the complete, unedited performances of Thelonious Monk’s classic sessions
Mastered from original tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus @ Cohearent Audio
Pressed at RTI for superior playback quality
Limited to 3,000 individually numbered pressings
This is the sixth studio album cut by Thelonious Monk under the production/direction of Teo Macero for Columbia and as such should not be confused with the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1988 film of the same name. The band featured here includes: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), and Larry Gales (bass). This would be the final quartet Monk would assemble to record with in the studio. While far from being somber, this unit retained a mature flavor which would likewise place Monk's solos in a completely new context
A few years after recording Straight, No Chaser, Thelonious Monk disappeared from the public eye. But as the years passed, more people became aware of the seminal role he played in the development in jazz as both pianist and composer, creating a standard of excellence that many musicians after him aspire to. Produced by Teo Macero, who was also responsible for legendary albums such as Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue and Dave Brubeck's Time Out!, Monk's Straight, No Chaser is a classic in its own right. It's the last album the talented pianist and composer recorded with his quartet consisting of Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley on drums and his musical soul mate Charlie Rouse on tenor sax. It includes a light yet mature version of one of his standards; "Straight, No Chaser" is 'one idea played again and again, each time in a different part of the measure and with a different ending', and highlights some stellar action between Monk and Rouse.
"While far from being somber, this unit retained a mature flavor which would likewise place Monk's solos in a completely new context. At times, this adaptation presents itself more subtly than others. For instance, Monk's extended solo in 'Locomotive' never reaches beyond itself due in part to the tempo-laden rhythm section. The contrast of styles, however, appreciates the caliber of this particular solo, including an obvious assertion by Monk which leads the band, albeit temporarily, into playing double-time."
By 1967, Thelonious Monk was being criticized by the jazz press for getting a bit stale, using the same personnel and performing the same songs as he had for the past few years. In reality, Monk was still able to bring vitality to his performances despite some predictability. This album includes some warhorses (Straight, No Chaser, I Didn't Know About You, and a solo piano version of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) along with Japanese Folk Song and the pianist's lesser-played originals Locomotive and We See. Monk and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse (who are ably supported by bassist Larry Gales and drummer Ben Riley) take consistently fine solos throughout this Columbia set.
The session recordings for Monk's 1967 classic ran longer than a single LP could hold. Rather than put out a more costly 2-LP set, Columbia edited down the tracks chosen for the record to fit a 1-LP format — a common practice at the time. Now, for the first time ever, on 180-gram vinyl, Impex Records brings you the complete, extended takes of these breathtaking tunes, plus a great interpretation of "Green Chimneys," keeping fully intact and deepening the listener's appreciation of Monk's singular musical vision and the near-instinctive communcation between Monk and his sidemen.
Thelonious Monk, piano
Larry Gales, bass
Ben Riley, drums
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
2. I Didn't Know About You
3. Straight, No Chaser
1. Japanese Folk Song
2. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
3. We See
Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs.
We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in multiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs.
Even in our humbler origins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that music to the most discerning listeners in the world.
Now as Impex Records some of the original Cisco staff (Abey Fonn, Robert Pincus and Robert Sliger), along with Robert Donnelly, will follow and expand our own high standards for a new generation of audiophile products. Analog products will always be cut using analog tapes and analog mastering at the finest mastering facilities like Sterling, Cohearent and Bernie Grundman--just as it should be. Gold CD's will always be cut with high-definition digital or analog tape transfers from original sources. We will introduce America to Sony's revolutionary Blu-Spec CD, which redefines production excellence in 16-bit digital playback.
With a singular vision for making the best records anywhere, Impex Records is poised to expand Cisco Music's peerless legacy well into the 21st century. It's going to be quite a journey and we look forward to your joining us. We have committed ourselves, with every new release, to your complete satisfaction.
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