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Unearthing Unknown Monk, Coltrane Recording

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One day in late January, Larry Appelbaum was thumbing through some old Voice of America audiotapes about to be digitized at the Library of Congress when he made a discovery that would stun him and many other jazz fans.

Eight 10-inch reels of acetate tape were labeled "Carnegie Hall Jazz 1957." One of the tape boxes had a handwritten note on the back that said "T. Monk" with some song titles.

Appelbaum, a jazz specialist at the Library of Congress, got excited at the prospect of finding unpublished materials by the jazz master Thelonious Monk. Then he heard another distinctive sound. "I recognized the tenor saxophone of John Coltrane and my heart started to race," Appelbaum says.

The Nov. 29, 1957, concert was recorded by the Voice of America but never broadcast. For years, the recordings were lost and forgotten. Now, thanks to Appelbaum's discovery, Blue Note Records is releasing them.

Listen to the rest of this fascinating story here.

The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at the Five Spot Café in New York City, 1957, the same year as the Carnegie Hall concert.

From left, John Coltrane, Shadow Wilson, Thelonious Monk and Ahmed Abdul-Malik.

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more on the recently released recording 'Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall' here...

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great news (i wannit) :)

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Wow! Thanks a lot i love this stuff. and this is a goog find

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Coltrane was my first real exposure to jazz, and it was so totally unlike any music I had ever heard before that I was shaken. It was almost alien in it's complexity and intelligence...I was hooked.

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'a love supreme' did it for me way back when

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yeah, Trane rules...

and with Monk, I've always dug the spaces between the notes.

deliberate coolness

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'a love supreme' did it for me way back when

m2 - i like Carlos Santana's version as well

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However, considering that the fare at the top of the current jazz chart is conservative material -- mainly by vocalists [snip], the immediate success of Coltrane's uncompromising music is somewhat unexpected. The Half Note performance, which finds Trane wailing in full-bore, free-blowing fashion, might be especially challenging for some.

For others, such as myself, its listening to the current conservative (*natch boring?) stuff that is especially challenging :lol:

and given that Coltrane's currently got 2 out the the top 3 jazz releases as we speak, methinks i'm not alone.

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Perhaps everyone already knows about this, but I just wanted to point out that there's a nice version of "Monk's Mood" featuring Coltrane on Thelonious Himself.

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