Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser

 (Numbered Limited Edition)





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AIMX 6020
UPC: 251498564620
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

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First-time ever, 180-gram gatefold double LP

Numbered, limited edition reissue

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.

Side 1
I Didn’t Know About You

Side 2
Green Chimneys
Straight, No Chaser

Side 3
Japanese Folk Song

Side 4
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Blue Sea
We See

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Monk Straight Up

posted on 06/29/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
This is one of Monk's best CBS LP's. Piano sound is a little forward and focused but the rest of the band gets a transparency at times that is outstanding. Charlie Rouse on sax rules on this quartet setting. Worth the price of admission just for Green Chimneys on side 2 which is not on the single LP release. Hear it here for the first time and enjoy. Monk on and sure to become a favorite +++++

Straight shooter!

posted on 05/23/2015
4 Stars
Reviewer: emmanuel
A Nice reissue with bonus materials. Love the sound, love the packaging but what is with the $54.95 price? Impex has done some fine work for a new reissue label but if they they can now parlay that into a platform where they can sell a double 33rpm record for $55 they've got another one coming.

I give it a 4 cause the pricing is offensive.

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