Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (180 Gram Vinyl Record)
Limited Edition AAA Pressing.
Mastered and cut from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
180-gram LP plated and pressed at RTI.
Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket.
Awarded 3 out of 4 stars by Billboard Magazine, 4 out 5 stars by AllMusic, 5 out of 5 stars by the Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide and the crown award by Penguin Guide to Jazz
Essential Listening - only recorded collaboration between Blakey/Monk, and only time Monk recorded for the Atlantic label
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk was recorded over the course of two historic days in May 1957. The album, originally released by Atlantic Records in 1958, contains definitive interpretations of a number of classic standards, with both the genius of Monk’s piano playing, and the dexterity of Blakey’s drums on full display. The sound is rounded out by the inspired playing of Bill Hardman, Johnny Griffin and Spanky DeBrest, whose contributions seal the deal on a record that has achieved essential status in the jazz canon.
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