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Monk in Tokyo
(Music CD)

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New York, NY : Columbia/Legacy, [2001].
Music CD
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2 audio discs : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
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CD Music 785.4 Mon
Recorded live in Tokyo, this LP captures the quartet on their first Asian tour, performing mostly Thelonious Monk's own tunes, such as "Straight, No Chaser," "Blue Monk," and "Bemsha Swing." The Japanese audience reacts enthusiastically, with the quartet responding in kind with a generally inspired performance. There are few, if any, surprises -- just solid playing and delightfully swinging, and at times hard-hitting, group and individual performances. While this may have been an average night for Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Monk seems invigorated by the setting, putting forth a strong effort with exciting results. Butch Warren's bass holds the line, while drummer Frankie Dunlop keeps immaculate time. Monk's trademark, quirky compositions are on full display, with their sophisticated voicings, rhythmic oddities, and melodic eccentricities. At this point in his career, Monk's output was remarkably consistent, and there is nothing here to dispel that characterization. This should appeal to collectors as well as first-time listeners who wish to own at least one Monk quartet album. Despite the short recording time, the music is of a consistently high quality and it is well-recorded, too, making this a valuable, if not indispensable, issue. ~ Steven Loewy
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General Note
Compact discs.
Thelonious Monk, piano ; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone ; Butch Warren, bass ; Frankie Dunlop, drums.
Date/Time and Place of Event
Recorded live May 21, 1963 at Sankei Hall, Tokyo.
APA Citation (style guide)

Monk, T. (2001). Monk in Tokyo. New York, NY: Columbia/Legacy.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Monk, Thelonious. 2001. Monk in Tokyo. New York, NY: Columbia/Legacy.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Monk, Thelonious, Monk in Tokyo. New York, NY: Columbia/Legacy, 2001.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Monk, Thelonious. Monk in Tokyo. New York, NY: Columbia/Legacy, 2001.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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