Sessionography 1958-1962

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1958

February 25, 1958

Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Johnny Griffin Sextet
Personnel: Donald Byrd (tp) Johnny Griffin (ts) Pepper Adams (bar) Thelonious Monk (p) Wilbur Ware (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)

Coming on the Hudson Milestone M9124

Notes: Title also available on on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2)

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May 7 and 12, 1958

Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Clark Terry Quartet with Thelonious Monk
Personnel: Clark Terry (flhrn) Thelonious Monk (p) Sam Jones (b) Philly Joe Jones (d)

In Orbit
One Foot in the Gutter
Trust in Me
Let’s Cool One
Pea-Eye
Moonlight Fiesta
Argentina
Buck’s business
Flugelin’ the Blues
Very Near Blue

Notes: All titles except “Flugelin’ the Blues” issued on Riverside RLP-271, titled Clark Terry/Thelonious Monk, In Orbit. “Flugeling” was added to later re-issues, but it first appeared on a Riverside compilation LP, New Blue Horns (Riverside RLP 12-294). Terry’s intended titles for “In Orbit” and “Pea-Eye” were “Globetrotter” and “Zip Co-Ed,” respectively. These recordings were reissued with the original titles in 1969 on the LP Globetrotters (Riverside (E)673.007). All songs available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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July 6, 1958

VOA Broadcast,
Newport Jazz festival, Freebody Park
Thelonious Monk Trio
Personnel: Thelonious Monk (p); Henry Grimes (b); Roy Haynes (d) Willis Conover (mc).

Intro/ Just You, Just Me
Blue Monk
‘Round Midnight
Well You Needn’t/closing

Notes: First track, released on Newport Jazz Festival (FDC LP-1025), is preceded by a 1:44 introduction. An edited version of “Blue Monk” (3:12)can be heard on Bert Stern’s film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, though an even shorter version was released on the CD soundtrack for the film (GMT CD 60039)

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July 9, 1958

Five Spot Café, New York
Thelonious Monk Quartet:
Personnel: Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) Art Blakey (d-1) replaces Haynes.

Evidence
Blues Five Spot                                               Milestone M9124
In Walked Bud/Epistrophy                         Milestone M9124
Dreamland                                                      Milestone M-9124
‘Round Midnight                                           Milestone M-9124
Bye-ya/Epistrophy (theme) (1)                  Milestone MCD-9199-2

Notes: Milestone M-9124 is and LP  titled Blues Five Spot, and MCD-9199-2 is a CD called San Francisco Holiday.  Art Blakey replaces Haynes on “Bye-ya/Epistrophy.”  All titles on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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August 7, 1958

Five Spot Cafe, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d)

Light Blue                                                Riv RLP12-262
Coming on the Hudson                        Riv RLP12-262
Rhythm-a-ning                                      Riv RLP12-262
Just a Gigolo (p-solo)                           Riv RLP12-279
Blue Monk                                               Riv RLP12-262
Evidence                                                   Riv RLP12-262
Epistrophy (theme)                               Riv RLP12-262

Nutty                                                         Riv RLP12-279
Blues Five Spot                                       Riv RLP12-279
Let’s cool one                                          Riv RLP12-279
In Walked Bud                                        Riv RLP12-279
Misterioso                                                Riv RLP12-279
Epistrophy (theme)                                Riv RLP12-262

Notes: Riverside 12-279 is Misterioso, and Thelonious in Action.  All titles on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2)

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September 11, 1958

Five Spot Cafe, New York
The Thelonious Monk Quartet feat. John Coltrane
Personnel: John Coltrane (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d)

Crepuscule with Nellie
Trinkle Tinkle
I Mean You
In Walked Bud
Epistrophy

Notes: All titles released on Thelonious Monk Quartet Live At The Five Spot Discovery! (Blue Note CDP7-99786-2 [CD]).  The tapes from which these recordings come were made by Coltrane’s first wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs.

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September 30 or October 1, 1958

Five Spot Café
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d)

Spoken Intro by Pannonica de Koenigswarter
Crepuscule with Nellie/You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart /Reflections [Medley]
Blue Monk
Rhythm-a-ning
Epistrophy
Light Blue
Off Minor
Friday the Thirteenth
Epistrophy

Notes: These recordings, in the possession of the Monk family, were first released on Thelonious Monk: Live in New York, Vol. 1 (Thelonious Records TMTY), but the CD was recently withdrawn in the wake of legal proceedings.

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1959

February 28, 1959

An Evening with Thelonious Monk” Concert, Town Hall, New York
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Taylor (d)

In Walked Bud                                   Milestone M-9115
Straight, No Chaser                          unissued
Blue Monk                                           Milestone M-9115
‘Round Midnight                               unissued
Rhythm-a-ning                                  Milestone M-9115

Note: Milestone M9115 is titled Evidence. All issued tracks also on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2)

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February 28, 1959

An Evening with Thelonious Monk” Concert, Town Hall, New York
Thelonious Monk Orchestra
Personnel: Donald Byrd (tp) Eddie Bert (tb) Bob Northern (fhr) Jay McAllister (tu) Phil Woods (as) Charlie Rouse (ts) Pepper Adams (bar) Thelonious Monk (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Taylor (d) Hall Overton (arr)

Monk’s Mood
Friday the 13th
Little Rootie Tootie
Off Minor
Thelonious
Crepuscule with Nellie
Little Rootie Tootie (encore)

Note: All tracks except for the encore performance of “Little Rootie Tootie” first released on The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall (Riv RLP-300).  The complete version of the encore performance appears on the CD re-issue as well as the Milestone LP re-issue (M-47033).  The above is in recorded order. The beginning of “Little Rootie Tootie” was not recorded so the producer, Orrin Keepnews, used the opening from the encore version.

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June 1, 1959

Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Personnel: Thad Jones (cnt) Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Sam Jones (b) Art Taylor (d)

Played Twice (tk 1)                                        Mile M-9124
Played Twice (tk 2)                                        Mile M-47023
Played Twice (tk 3)                                        Mile M-47023
Played twice (edited)                                     Riv RLP12-305

Notes: The first released version of “Played Twice” is actually edited from the second and third takes.  Riv RLP 12-305 is titled 5 by Monk by 5.  Milestone 47023 is a two-LP set titled Brilliance, with the Brilliant Corners disc and 5 by Monk by 5 combined.  And all titles are on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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June 2, 1959

Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Personnel: Same as above.

Straight No Chaser
I Mean You
Ask Me Now

Notes: All titles first released on Riv RLP 12-305.

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June 4, 1959

Reeves Sound Studios, New York
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Personnel: Same as above.

Jackie-ing                                               Riv RLP12-305

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July 3, 1959

VOA “Music USA”
Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, R.I.
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts); Thelonious Monk (p); Sam Jones (b); Arthur Taylor (d). Willis Conover (mc).

In Walked Bud
Blue Monk
Crepuscule With Nellie
Well You Needn’t
Rhythm-a-ning

Notes: All titles issued on Thelonious Monk Trio and Quartet: Unissued Live at Newport, 1958-1959 (Disconforme DSCF 69299).  The CD also includes Monk’s Newport performance with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra from 1962 (see below).

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July 27, 1959

Nola Studios, New York
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse, Bernard “Barney” Wilen (ts); Thelonious Monk (p); Sam Jones (b); Arthur Taylor (d).

Monk’s Mood
Crepuscule with Nellie
Off Minor
Let’s Cool One
Let’s Cool One
Rhythm-a-ning
Epistrophy
Epistrophy
Pannonica
Pannonica
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are
We’ll Understand it Better By and By
Untitled blues (p-solo)
Epistrophy
Epistrophy

Notes: This recording was made for the soundtrack to the film, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (See Kelley, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, pp. 269-71).  Parts of these tunes can be heard on the video version (Castle Pictures VHS CAS9021).  Barney Wilen only plays on “Rhythm-a-ning” and “Crepuscule with Nellie.”

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October 21, 1959

Fugazi Hall”, San Francisco
Thelonious Monk solo

Pannonica
Blue Monk
Everything Happens to Me
Round Lights
Ruby My Dear
There’s Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie (take 1)
There’s Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie (take 2)

Notes: All tracks first released on Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (Riv RLP 12-312), except Take 1 of “There’s Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie,” which appear on the Milestone and Original Jazz Classic (CD) reissues.
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October 22, 1959

Fugazi Hall, San Francisco
Thelonious Monk solo

Remember
Reflections
Bluehawk
You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart

Notes: All tracks first released on Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (Riv RLP 12-312).

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1960

April 28, 1960

The Blackhawk, San Francisco
Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two
Personnel: Joe Gordon (tp) Charlie Rouse, Harold Land (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Shelly Manne (d)

San Francisco holiday [Worry later]
Just You, Just Me

Notes: Both tunes available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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April 29, 1960

The Blackhawk, San Francisco
Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two
Personnel: Same as above.

‘Round Midnight

Notes: Available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2). This recording was made in the club during the afternoon while it was empty. The session below was recorded that evening during Monk’s gig.

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April 29, 1960

The Blackhawk, San Francisco
Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two
Personnel: Joe Gordon (tp) Harold Land, Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Billy Higgins (d)

San Francisco Holiday [Worry later] (take 2)   Mile M-9115
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You                        Riv RLP12-323
Evidence                                                                       Mile M-9115
Epistrophy (theme) (tk 1)                                        Riv RLP 12-323
Epistrophy (theme) (tk 2)                                        Mile M-9115
Four in one (take 1) (*)
Let’s Call This                                                            Riv RLP12-323
‘Round Midnight                                                       Riv RLP12-323
San Francisco Holiday [Worry later] (take 3)  Riv RLP12-323
Four in one (take 2)                                                  Riv RLP12-323
Epistrophy (theme) (take 3)
Rhythm-a-ning                                                       (unissued)

Notes:   Riv RLP12-323 is titled Thelonious Monk at the Black Hawk, and M-9115 is Thelonious Monk, Evidence.  All remaining songs are available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2), except for “Rhythm-a-ning, which remains unissued.

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August 27, 1960

CBS radio broadcast, “Quaker City Jazz Festival,”
Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Personnel: Steve Lacy (ss); Charlie Rouse (ts); Thelonious Monk (p); John Ore (b); Roy Haynes (d); Mitch Miller (mc).

Evidence
Straight No Chaser
Rhythm-a-ning

Notes: Tape unreleased, from private collection.

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1961

April 14, 1961

NDR broadcast, Essen Jazz Festival,
Grugahalle, Essen, West Germany
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts); Thelonious Monk (p); John Ore (b); Frankie Dunlop (d).

Straight No Chaser
Evidence

Notes: Private tape.

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April 15, 1961

AVRO-TV recording, Studio Irene
Bussum, Netherlands
Personnel: Same as above.

Nutty
Bemsha Swing
Epistrophy
Crepuscule With Nellie
I Mean You

Notes: All tracks except for “Epistrophy” and “Crepuscule with Nellie” were issued on Bud Powell/Thelonious Monk, Pianology (Moon (It) MCD 055-2)
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April 15, 1961

VARA Radio Broadcast, “Concertgebouw,” Amsterdam
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as above.

Jackie-ing
Crepuscule with Nellie
Off Minor
Straight No Chaser
Evidence
Bemsha Swing
Well You Needn’t
‘Round Midnight
I Mean You
San Francisco Holiday                        (unissued)
Epistrophy (theme)                               (unissued)

Notes: All titles except for the last two (“San Francisco Holiday” and “Epistrophy”) Released on Monk in Amsterdam – 1961 (Musica Jazz 2MJP-1063) and on the (mis)titled CD, First European Concert (Magnetic (Eu)MRCD120 [CD]).

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April 14, 1961

ORTF recording, Olympia Theatre, Paris
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as above.

Well You Needn’t
Crepuscule with Nellie
Jackie-ing
Body and Soul  (p-solo)
Off Minor
April in Paris
I Mean You
Rhythm-a-ning
Just a Gigolo (p-solo)
Hackensack
Epistrophy
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Notes: All titles except for “Body and Soul” and “Crepuscule with Nellie” were first released on Two Hours with Thelonious (Riverside RLP [9]460/[9]461). These two cuts were later included on Thelonious Monk, Blues Five Spot (Milestone M-9124). And all of these recordings are available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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April 21, 1961

Concert “Teatro Lirico,” Milan, Italy
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d)

Jackie-ing (& Introduction)
Crepuscule with Nellie
Straight No Chaser
Body and Soul (p-solo)
Bemsha Swing
San Francisco Holiday
Rhythm-a-ning
Epistrophy

Notes: All titles first released on Two Hours with Thelonious (Riverside RLP [9]460/[9]461), and are available on Thelonious Monk — The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riv 15RCD-022-2).

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May 6, 1961

Private Recording, Town Hall, Manchester, England
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as above.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Jackie-ing
Crepuscule with Nellie
Blue Monk
Rhythm-a-ning
Body and Soul
Unidentified drum solo
Ba-lue Bolivar, Ba-Lues-Are
April in Paris (p-solo)/Bemsha Swing
Crepuscule with Nellie
Rhythm-a-ning
Body and Soul (p-solo)
Unidentified bass solo

Notes: Private tape, unreleased.

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May 9, 1961

Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as above.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Jackie-ing
Crepuscule with Nellie
Blue Monk
Rhythm-a-ning

Notes: Private tape, unreleased.

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May 10, 1961

Concert Casino, Berne, Switzerland
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as above.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Jackie-ing
Crepuscule with Nellie
‘Round Midnight
Blue Monk
Bright Mississippi
Rhythm-a-ning

Notes: All titles first released on Thelonious Monk Quartet – European Tour, 1961, Vol. 1 (Ingo 5), and available on CD on Thelonious Monk, Live in Bern, 1961 (Jazz Up JU326 [CD])

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May 16, 1961

Sveriges Radio recording, Konserthuset, Stockholm
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as Above.

First Set

Jackie-ing
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Crepuscule with Nellie
Ba-Lue Bolivar, Ba-Lues-Are
Rhythm-a-ning
Epistrophy
Just a Gigolo (p-solo)

Second Set

Well You Needn’t
‘Round Midnight
Bemsha Swing
Blue Monk
Epistrophy
Body and Soul (p-solo)

Notes: All titles first released on the 2-LP set, Thelonious Monk, Live in Stockholm, 1961 (Dragon DRLP151/152), and available on CD under the same title on (Secret 479001)

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May 17, 1961

Danmarks radio recording, Odd Fellow Palaeat, Copenhagen
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as Above.

Jackie-ing
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You               unissued
Crepuscule with Nellie
I Mean You
Rhythm-a-ning
Epistrophy
Body and Soul
Well You Needn’t
‘Round Midnight
Off Minor
Ba-Lue Bolivar, Ba-Lues-Are

Notes: All titles, except for “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” released on Thelonious Monk in Copenhagen (Storyville STCD 8283 [CD]).

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May 21, 1961

ARD Broadcast, Kongresshalle, Berlin
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Same as Above.

Introductions
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Crepuscule With Nellie
Hackensack
Rhythm-a-ning
Jackie-ing
Closing

Notes: Private tape, unreleased.  The tape (in the possession of the Monk estate and various collectors) does not include “Hackensack” or “Jackie-ing” because it was recorded from a repeat broadcast that was incomplete.

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1962

July 8, 1962

VOA Broadcast
Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park

Thelonious Monk with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra
Personnel: William “Cat” Anderson, Bill Berry, Roy Burrows, Ray Nance (tp), Lawrence Brown, Charles “Chuck” Connors, George “Buster” Cooper (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl/ts), Johnny Hodges, Gene Hull (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Thelonious Monk (p), Aaron Bell (b), Sam Woodyard (d). Edward “Duke” Ellington (mc).

Monk’s Dream
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

Notes: Thelonious Monk is absent from the other performances at this concert.  ”Monk’s Dream” is usually listed as “Blue Monk” and “Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are” is usually listed as “Frére Monk.”  The entire program was broadcast by Voice of America and is available on Duke Ellington, Newport Jazz Festival,1962 (Toshiba EMI (Jap)TOLW3162).

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August or early September, 1962

Private Recording, Village Gate, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), John Ore (b), Frankie Dunlop (d).

Rhythm-a-ning                                                                   Xanadu 202
Body & Soul (p-solo)                                                          Xanadu 202
Evidence                                                                                Xanadu 202
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You                                  Xanadu 202
Body & Soul (p-solo)                                                           Xanadu 202
Jackie-Ing                                                                              Xanadu 202
Well You Needn’t                                                                  unissued
San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later)                            unissued

Notes:  Don Schlitten, who released these tapes on his Xanadu label, originally dated them November 12, 1963. [Liner notes, Thelonious Monk Live at the Village Gate (Xanadu 202) and later on CD (Xanadu FDCD 5161).]  This isn’t possible since Monk was at the Five Spot then with different personnel.  Chris Sheridan then claimed the recording was made November 12, 1962 (Brilliant Corners, 118), but this, too, is impossible since Monk’s engagement at the Gate ended the first week of September.  The weekend of November 11-12, the line-up at the Gate consisted of Larry Adler, Paul Draper and Nina Simone.  [See ads, New York Times, November 9 and 12, 1962.]

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October 31, 1962

30th Street Studios, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), John Ore (b), Frankie Dunlop (d).

Bye-Ya                                               Col CL 1965
Body & Soul (remake take)

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November 1, 1962

30th Street Studios, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), John Ore (b), Frankie Dunlop (d).

Body & Soul (p-solo) (remake take)             Col CL 1965
Body & Soul (p-solo)
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are                          Col CL 1965
Bright Mississippi                                            Col CL 1965

Notes:  ”Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are” is listed as “Bolivar Blues.”

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November 2, 1962

30th Street Studios, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), John Ore (b), Frankie Dunlop (d).

Sweet & Lovely                                         rejected
Just a Gigolo (p-solo)                            Col CL 1965
Monk’s Dream                                         Col CL 1965
Monk’s Dream                                         Col JG35720

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November 6, 1962

30th Street Studios, New York

Thelonious Monk Quartet
Personnel: Charlie Rouse (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), John Ore (b), Frankie Dunlop (d).

Sweet & Lovely                                        Col CL 1965
Coming On the Hudson                       Col CL 1970
Hackensack                                             Col CL2038
Five Spot Blues                                        Col CL 1965
Rhythm-A-Ning                                     Col CL2038

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