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The 1950s and 1960s

Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley continue their exploration of the life of jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk, focusing on Monk's work during the 1950s and 60s.

Donald Macleod and guest Brian Priestley continue their celebration of the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Today the focus is on how Monk's work and career evolved during the 1950s and 60s.

Criss Cross
Sahib Shihab, alto sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Milt Jackson, vibes
Al McKibbon, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Blue Monk
Thelonious Monk, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Bye-Ya
Thelonious Monk, piano
Gary Mapp, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Friday the 13th
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Julius Watkins, French horn
Thelonious Monk, piano
Percy Heath, bass
Willie Jones, drums

Hackensack
Thelonious Monk, piano
Gene Ramey, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Jerome Kern)
Thelonious Monk, piano

Tea for Two (Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar)
Thelonious Monk, piano
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Skippy
Kenny Durham, trumpet
Lou Donaldson, alto sax
Lucky Thompson, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Nelson Boyd, bass
Max Roach, drums

Monk's Mood
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Thelonious Monk, piano
Wilbur Ware, bass

Producer: Lyndon Jones.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Thelonious Monk

    Criss Cross

    • The Complete Blue Note Recordings: Thelonius Monk.
    • Blue Note.
    • 12.
  • Thelonious Monk & Art Blakey

    Bye-Ya

    • Thelonious Monk Trio.
    • Prestige.
    • 3.
  • Percy Heath, Sonny Rollins, Julius Watkins & Willie Jones

    Friday the 13th

    • Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.
    • Prestige.
    • 3.
  • Thelonious Monk, Ray Copeland, Frank Foster & Art Blakey

    Hackensack

    • Thelonious Monk With Sonny Rollins And Frank Foster.
    • Prestigue.
    • 4.
  • Thelonious Monk

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    • The Quintessence.
    • Fremeaux.
    • 12.
  • John Coltrane & Thelonious Monk

    Monk's Mood

    • Thelonious Himself.
    • Riverside.
    • 8.

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