HELP wanted

If anybody wants to help tidying this, pick your poison (either the Riverside, Prestige or Blue Note catalogs) and jump in. Also needed: ground work on the late live period (bootleg knowledge could help), and the early recordings (inc. Xanadu).

The Master Plan

Be the #1 resource on Thelonious Monk recordings, and actually outperform best-of-breed disco informations provided by the labels in their complete boxset releases.

Tyding notes:

All albums "quickly" verified as "album" and marked with the label name.
All discids reviewed.
All compilations have at least:
* titling ok
* random release infos in the annot
* status verified
* Discogs/AMZ searched and possibly set
* may need release date verification
Additionally, all "complete X" compilation are all good.
Going through the Columbia vaults: preliminary documentation work up to (included) It's Monk's Time.
Needs to add (Columbia):
* Who's Afraid ...?
* Big Band and Quartet (original release)
* Live at Newport (original release).

Still todo:
* punch in and mark discIDs for the boxes I have.
* link to originals and cross check titles

A stab at the horrible Blue Note mess:

The What The Fuck Serie:

BN 1062: ? wtf ?
BN 1558: maybe this is a typo for BLP 1558, Sonny Rollins, Volume 2
Blue Note 28263: "Straight, No Chaser" ?wtf?
66119/66120 Blue Note Japan 2006 ? Complete Genius?
6474 Genius 2 Japan?
1980 Japan King K23P-6722 "Genius Monk"

Some tidbits about BN (stolen from microgroove -
* The "1200" series consists of 8 records by either Sidney Bechet or George Lewis, reissuing earlier 78 and 10 inch releases.
* The "1500" series commenced in 1955, with catalogue numbers starting at 1501, and running through 1600, released in 1958. The early releases in this series are reissues of earliier 10" releases primarily from the early 50's, including records by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Bud Powell and others.
* The "4000" series starts with 4001 ("Newk's Time" by Sonny Rollins, released in mono in 1958, stereo, 1959, the year of the first Blue Note stereo releases), and peters out about 400 releases later, (although as noted things get very spotty after around 4250).
* The first number with a stereo release was 1562 - "The Stylings of Silver" by Horace Silver, although it was not released until two years after the initial 1957 mono release. There are stereo releases of all subsequent records, except for Sonny Rollins' "A Night at the Village Vanguard" (1582), although some of these only became available in the context of later reissue series. (For example, the stereo release of Johnny Griffin's "The Congregation" first appeared in 1994 as part of the Connoisseur series.) 1500 series stereo releases have the same catalogue numbers as their mono counterparts; in the 4000 series, stereo releases have an 8 prefixed (e.g. the stereo release of the aforementioned "Newk's Time" is 84001). (In referring to records in this series, I will use the 4000 number, although all of these I own, save one, are stereo.) There are "electronically rechanneled stereo" releases, dating from the 60's and 70's of mono-only recordings. Some of these, however, are in fact just the monos; check the inner margin, and see if there is the mono catalogue number engraved (i.e. without a prefixed 8). There are also two issues from 1962 on the 9000 series of vocal releases, 9001 "My Hour of Need" by Dodo Greene and 9002 "Portrait of Sheila" by Sheila Jordan.

Last infos for the road:

547 1948
Evonce / Off Minor
Idrees Sulieman (tp) Danny Quebec West (as) Billy Smith (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Gene Ramey (b) Art Blakey (d)
WOR Studios, NYC, October 15, 1947
BN309-4 Evonce
Thelonious Monk (p) Gene Ramey (b) Art Blakey (d)
WOR Studios, NYC, October 24, 1947
BN317-1 Off Minor
548 1948
In Walked Bud / Epistrophy
George Taitt (tp) Sahib Shihab (as) Thelonious Monk (p) Bob Paige (b) Art Blakey (d)
WOR Studios, NYC, November 21, 1947
BN318-3 In Walked Bud
Milt Jackson (vib) Thelonious Monk (p) John Simmons (b) Shadow Wilson (d)
Apex Studios, NYC, July 2, 1948
BN330-0 Epistrophy

10" 78 RPM (500 serie):

BN 542: Suburban Eyes c/w Thelonious
BN 543: Well, You Needn't c/w 'Round About Midnight
BN 547: Evonce c/w Off Minor
BN 548: In Walked Bud c/w Epistrophy
BN 549: Ruby, My Dear c/w Evidence
BN 560: Humph c/w Misterioso

10" 78 RPM (1500 serie):

BN 1564: Thelonious Monk - I Mean You c/w Tadd Dameron - Symphonette
BN 1565: Monk's Mood c/w Who Knows
BN 1575: Nice Work If You Can Get It c/w April In Paris
BN 1589: Four In One c/w Straight, No Chaser
BN 1590: Criss Cross c/w Eronel
BN 1591: Ask Me Now c/w Willow Weep For Me

10" 78 RPM (1600 serie):

BN 1602: Skippy c/w Let's Cool One
BN 1603: Hornin' In c/w Carolina Moon

10" 78 RPM (1200 serie):

BN 1201: All The Things You Are c/w I Should Care

7" 45 RPM (1600 serie):

45-1646 Milt Jackson - Lillie c/w Willow Weep For Me
45-1664 'Round About Midnight c/w In Walked Bud

10" LP (5000 serie):

BLP 5002: Genius of Modern Music
* TOJJ-5002 Feb. 24, 1999 Japan "Original 10-inch LP Collection from BN5000 Part 1", Limited Edition, by Toshiba EMI
BLP 5009: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2
* TOJJ-5009 Feb. 24, 1999 Japan "Original 10-inch LP Collection from BN5000 Part 1", Limited Edition, by Toshiba EMI
BLP 5011: Milt Jackson - Wizard Of The Vibes
* BN0005 Japan Mar. 27, 1991 “Blue Note Original 5000 Series Collection”, Limited Edition, by Toshiba EMI
* TOJJ-5011 Feb. 24, 1999 Japan "Original 10-inch LP Collection from BN5000 Part 1", Limited Edition, by Toshiba EMI

12" LP (1500 serie):

BLP 1509: Milt Jackson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet
* Nov. 25, 1970 Japan as NR-8835
* (?) Japan LNJ-70089 (this serie very cahotic)
* GXK-8034 (M) (1977-1980 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" Series, by King Records)
* BLP 1509 Japan Sep. 1983? "Blue Note BLP 1500" Series Part 1, by Toshiba EMI
* Reissued as BLJ/BST 81509 (?)

BLP 1510: Genius Of Modern Music, Volume 1
* Nov. 25, 1970 Japan as NR-8836
* (?) Japan LNJ-70090 (this serie very cahotic)
* 1977 Japan Limited Edition, King GXF-3014 (M)
* GXK-8058 (M) (1977-1980 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" Series, by King Records)
* BLP 1510 Japan Sep. 1983? "Blue Note BLP 1500" Series Part 1, by Toshiba EMI
* Reissued as BST 81510 (?) PM 251 (?)

BLP 1511: Genius Of Modern Music, Volume 2
* (?) Japan LNJ-70090 (this serie very cahotic)
* GXK-8059 (M) (1977-1980 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" Series, by King Records)
* BLP 1511 Japan Sep. 1983? "Blue Note BLP 1500" Series Part 1, by Toshiba EMI

BLP 1558: Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 (is this the same as BN 1558?)
* 1971/01/25 Japan NR-8841
* (?) Japan LNJ-70086 (this serie very cahotic)
* GXK-8035 (M) (1977-1980 "Blue Note Masterpiece Selection 150" Series, by King Records)
* BLP 1558 Japan Mar. 21, 1984 "Blue Note BLP 1500" Series Part 5, by Toshiba EMI

* Reissued as CD B21Y81558 (?) and a shitload other remastered/tweaked versions

Modern Jazz New 4400 series (12" LP)

BST2 84429 Various Artists - The Best Of Blue Note, Vol. 1
BST2 84433 Various Artists - The Best Of Blue Note, Vol. 2

Special Issues 1001/2001 series (12" LP)

BLP 1001 Various Artists - 25 Years Blue Note: Anniversary Album
BLP 2001 Various Artists - Blue Note Gems Of Jazz

Modern Jazz New 89900 series (12" LP):

BST 89902 Various Artists - Blue Note's Three Decades Of Jazz 1939-1949
BST 89903 Various Artists - Blue Note's Three Decades Of Jazz 1949-1959

United Artists BN-LA series (12" LP):

BN-LA 158-G2 Various Artists - Decades Of Jazz, Vol. 1
BN-LA 159-G2 Various Artists - Decades Of Jazz, Vol. 2
BN-LA 401-H2 Sonny Rollins Best Album
BN-LA 579-H2 Thelonious Monk - The Complete Genius (*) see supposed tracklist below

BNJ series (12" LP):

February 21, 1985:
BNJ 61011 More Genius Of Thelonious Monk
BNJ 61012 Thelonious Monk And Milt Jackson

TOCJ series (CD):

TOCJ 1604 Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 3 (exact title unknown)

The Complete Genius supposed tracklist

1 Humph
2 Evonce
3 Suburban Eyes
4 Thelonious
5 Nice Work If You Can Get It
6 Ruby, My Dear
7 Well, You Needn't
8 April in Paris
9 Off Minor
10 Introspection
11 In Walked Bud
12 Monk's Mood
13 'Round Midnight
14 All the Things You Are
15 I Should Care
16 Evidence
17 Misterioso MST, Alt
18 Epistrophy
19 I Mean You
20 Four in One MST, Alt
21 Criss-Cross
22 Eronel
23 Straight, No Chaser
24 Ask My Now
25 Willow Weep for Me
26 Skippy
27 Hornin' In
28 Carolina Moon
29 Let's Cool One

Unsorted stuff (late cd issues/sets)

BN 81510: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 (1989) (???also EMI 4945952)
BN 81511: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2 (either this one or this one)

Toshiba CJ28-5114: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1
Toshiba CJ28-5115: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2
Toshiba CJ28-5116: Genius of Modern Music, Volume 3

Blue Note 5321382 (2001) (Blue Note 9041 Japan (2004)?): Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 (RVG Edition)
......... Volume 2, RVG Edition (either this one or this one)

==== Late discoveries and boxset ===

MR4-101: Thelonious Monk - "The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk" - Mosaic Records 4-LP Limited Edition box set
1 2 3 4
This contains all Blue Note material that was both known and not lost at that time :p

CDP 99786 (or 799786): "Live at the Five Spot. Discovery !" (initial release with wrong pitch?)
Resurfaced from Naima Coltrane private tapes.

BN 30363: Thelonious Monk - "The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk" - Blue Note 4-CD box set (1 2 3 4)
All the Mosaic set plus Naima's tapes.

Blue Note CD 35173: At Carnegie Hall
Found by mistake in Carnegie Hall library :p


Blue Note CD - 23518-2 : Jazz Profile - Thelonious Monk

Blue Note CD - BN 95636 : "The Best of the Blue Note Years"

CEMA-Capitol S41 57588 / CD 57588: "Round Midnight & Other Jazz Classics"

Blue Note CD 77389: The Very Best

Annotation last modified on 2007-08-20 06:31 UTC.

Legal name: Thelonious Sphere Monk



1951Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1Thelonious Monk3.514
1952Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2Thelonious Monk46
1954Piano SoloThelonious Monk7
1956Thelonious Monk Plays Duke EllingtonThelonious Monk7
1956MonkThelonious Monk36
1956The Unique Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk59
1957Mulligan Meets MonkThelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan12
1957Brilliant CornersThelonious Monk417
1957Thelonious HimselfThelonious Monk413
1958Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious MonkArt Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk10
1958In OrbitClark Terry with Thelonious Monk4
1959Thelonious Alone in San FranciscoThelonious Monk11
1961Thelonious Monk with John ColtraneThelonious Monk with John Coltrane516
1963Criss-CrossThelonious Monk9
1964It’s Monk’s TimeThelonious Monk45
1964Monk.Thelonious Monk36
1965Solo MonkThelonious Monk414
1967Straight, No ChaserThelonious Monk3.57
1968UndergroundThelonious Monk3.6510
1969Monk’s BluesThelonious Sphere Monk46
1972Something in BlueThelonious Monk3
1973The Man I LoveThelonious Monk1
1980Blue SphereThelonious Monk2
1985More Genius of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk2
1988The London CollectionThelonious Monk6
1994Monk's BluesThelonious Sphere Monk1
1999The Genius – ’Round MidnightThelonious Monk1
2001After Hours at Minton'sThelonious Monk1
2005We SeeThelonious Monk1
2006Monk's MoodsThelonious Monk1
2012The London Collection, Volume 1Thelonious Monk1
2016Round MidnightPurcell, Saint‐Saëns, Monk, Fauré; Blechbläserquintett des Deutschen Symphonie‐Orchesters Berlin1

Album + Compilation

1956Thelonious Monk & Sonny RollinsThelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins11
1966The Thelonious Monk StoryThelonious Monk1
1967Monk's MiraclesThelonious Monk1
1968The High PriestThelonious Monk1
1969The Genius Of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
1971Blue Monk, Vol. 2Thelonious Monk1
1973Monk/TraneThelonious Monk & John Coltrane1
1973Pure MonkThelonious Monk1
1976The Complete GeniusThelonious Monk1
1979Always KnowThelonious Monk3
1982The Thelonious Monk Memorial AlbumThelonious Monk2
1983EvidenceThelonious Monk1
1983Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Great Jazz InventorsDavis, Mingus & Monk1
1983The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk2
1985Thelonious Monk and Milt JacksonThelonious Monk and Milt Jackson1
1985The Complete Black Lion and Vogue Recordings of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
1986The Complete Riverside RecordingsThelonious Monk1
1986Thelonious Monk and the Jazz GiantsThelonious Monk1
1986Thelonious Monk and Herbie NicholsThelonious Monk & Herbie Nichols2
1988The Composer (Columbia compilation)Thelonious Monk3
1988The Be Bop LegendsJ.J. Johnson / Thelonious Monk1
1989The Blue Note YearsThelonious Monk1
1989StandardsThelonious Monk5
1989SoloThelonious Monk1
1989Top Jazz: Mingus / MonkCharles Mingus / Thelonious Monk1
199011 Top TracksThelonious Monk1
1991The Blue Note Years: The Best of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk2
1991The Essence of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk2
1991Greatest HitsThelonious Monk3
1991Thelonious Monk Trio / Blue Monk Vol 2Thelonious Monk1
1992'Round Midnight and Other Jazz ClassicsThelonious Monk2
1992Jazz Masters: From Original RecordingsThelonious Monk1
1992San Francisco HolidayThelonious Monk2
1993A Jazz Hour With Thelonious Monk, Volume 2: EpistrophyThelonious Monk1
1994The Essential Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
19961962 - 1968Thelonious Monk3
1996Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
1996The Jazz Masters - 100 Años De SwingThelonious Monk1
1997Thelonious Monk: Original Jazz Classics CollectionThelonious Monk1
1998Jazz ProfileThelonious Monk1
1998Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Studio Recordings 1962–1968Thelonious Monk2
1998The Art of the BalladThelonious Monk1
1998The Riverside Tenor SessionsThelonious Monk2
19991944/1948Thelonious Monk1
2000The Complete Prestige RecordingsThelonious Monk1
2000Ken Burns JazzThelonious Monk1
2000Complete 1947 - 1952 Blue Note RecordingsThelonious Monk1
2000The Chronological Classics: Thelonious Monk 1947-1948Thelonious Monk1
2000The Story Of JazzThelonious Monk1
2001'Round MidnightThelonious Monk2
2001Monk's MusicThelonious Monk1
2001Monk's Moods - Original Recordings 1944-1948Thelonious Monk1
2001Riffin’Thelonious Monk2
2001The Columbia Years: '62-'68Thelonious Monk2
2002Jazz Master, Thelonius MonkThelonious Monk1
200285th Birthday CelebrationThelonious Monk1
2002MisteriosoThelonious Monk31
2002Criss CrossThelonious Monk1
2002Monk's MoodThelonious Monk1
2003Monk Plays TheloniousThelonious Monk1
2003The Essential Thelonious Monk (Columbia/Legacy compilation)Thelonious Monk1
2003ForeverThelonious Monk1
2003The Essential Thelonious Monk (Capitol/Blue Note compilation)Thelonious Monk1
2004A Proper Introduction to Thelonious Monk: Trinkle, TinkleThelonious Monk1
2004Modern Jazz Archive: Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
2004The Best of Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
2004BD Jazz: Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk1
2004Hall of Fame: JazzJohn Coltrane / Charlie Parker / Thelonious Monk / Miles Davis1

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