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Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1 LP (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)

Thelonious Monk was a little-known figure on the New York City bebop scene when Blue Note founder Alfred Lion discovered and fell in love with the pianist’s utterly unique music and offered Monk his first opportunity to record as a leader. Over four sessions recorded in 1947 and 1948, Blue Note documented Monk in trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet settings performing his singular compositions including “’Round Midnight,” “Ruby My Dear,” “Epistrophy,” “Well You Needn’t,” and “Thelonious,” and released the 10” LP Genius of Modern Music. In 1956, Blue Note transitioned to the 12” LP and began the fabled 1500 Series which included the expanded Genius of Modern Music, Volume One(BLP 1510) featuring one of Reid Miles’ earliest cover designs for the label.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is mono, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.


A1: 'Round Midnight
A2: Off Minor
A3: Ruby My Dear
A4: I Mean You
A5: April In Paris
A6: In Walked Bud

B1: Thelonious
B2: Epistrophy
B3: Misterioso
B4: Well You Needn't
B5: Introspection
B6: Humph