With the exception of an October 24, 1947 Blue Note date, Thelonious Monk didn’t record any trio sides during the early years of his career other than the ones presented on this LP, originally released as Thelonious Monk Trio (Prestige LP-7027). These were Monk’s first recorded versions of all of the compositions presented here. Considering the lack of recording opportunities, however, it can’t be assumed that he composed them all strictly for the 1952-1954 sessions. Some of them had been written many years earlier, Nas Monk is known to have already composed many of his tunes by 1944. Other than the pianist’s original compositions, the trio also cut two standards, “These Foolish Things” and “Sweet and Lovely”. “Just a Gigolo” was the only unaccompanied piano performance of the sessions.
02 SWEET AND LOVELY
04 MONK’S DREAM
05 TRINKLE TINKLE
06 THESE FOOLISH THINGS
07 BLUE MONK
08 JUST A GIGOLO
09 BEMSHA SWING
10 LITTLE ROOTIE TOOTIE
11 WORK (*)
12 NUTTY (*)
13 ASK ME NOW (*)
14 I’LL FOLLOW YOU (*)
15 LIZA (*)
16 YOU ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL (*)
17 JUST YOU, JUST ME (*)
THELONIOUS MONK, piano
On all tracks, plus:
, [5-6] & :
GARY MAPP, bass; MAX ROACH, drums.
New York, December 18, 1952.
[2-4] & : GARY MAPP, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
New York, October 15, 1952.
[7-8] & [11-12]: PERCY HEATH, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
Hackensack, New Jersey, September 22, 1954.
[On 8 Monk plays unaccompanied piano.]
(*) BONUS TRACKS:
[11-12]: From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.
: AL McKIBBON, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums. New York, July 23, 1951.
: NELSON BOYD, bass; MAX ROACH, drums. New York, May 30, 1952.
[15-17]: OSCAR PETTIFORD, bass; ART BLAKEY, drums.
Hackensack, New Jersey, March 17, 1956.