Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser" "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't".
Although this album is most widely known for its provocative cover image, which depicts Monk as a fictitious French Resistance fighter in the Second World War, it contains a number of new Monk compositions, some of which appear in recorded form only on this album. This is the last Monk album featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet, and the last featuring Charlie Rouse (who appears on only half the tracks, having missed a recording session to attend his father's funeral).
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01 - 00:00 - Thelonious
02 - 03:17 - Ugly Beauty
03 - 14:04 - Raise Four
04 - 21:06 - Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 11)
05 - 27:04 - Easy Street
06 - 34:57 - Green Chimneys
07 - 48:09 - In Walked Bud
08 - 54:59 - Ugly Beauty (Take 4)
09 - 62:38 - Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 2)
10 - 68:14 - Thelonious (Take 3)
Thelonious Monk - Piano
Charlie Rouse - Tenor Sax
Lary Gales - Bass
Ben Riley - Drums
Jon Hendricks - vocals on "In Walked Bud"
Producer: Teo Macero
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