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The London Collection Vol. 1

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Trinkle Tinkle
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Crepuscule With Nellie
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Darn That Dream
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Little Rootie Tootie
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Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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My Melancholy Baby
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Jackieing
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Loverman
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Blue Sphere
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 46:17

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The London Collection, Vol. 1

contramundi

The London Collection is Monk's final recording session, made in 1971 while he was touring Europe with the Giants of Jazz. Vol. 1 is solo piano, Vol. 2 is a trio setting with Al McKibbon on bass and Art Blakey on drums, and Vol. 3 is outtakes from the session. The 24-Bit Remastering is superior to the previous releases, so make sure to look for those. Vol. 1 is hidden on emusic because his name is misspelled 'Thelonius Monk' on that one. These are some of my favorite Monk recordings--he was clearly relaxed and enjoying himself, and the remastered sound is good--so don't let the small label put you off.

They Say All Music Guide

The first of three Black Lion CDs in this valuable series features music from the last significant Thelonious Monk recording session. There are ten solo performances on the spirited and generally joyful program with Monk sounding at his best on five of his originals (including the striding “Blue Sphere”) plus typically unique versions of “Darn That Dream,” “Meet Me Tonight in Dreammland,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “My Melancholy Baby” and “Lover Man.” Although virtually at the end of his career and playing in a style unchanged from 25 years earlier, Thelonious Monk is in prime form and seems quite enthusiastic during these memorable performances. All three volumes (which have also been reissued by Black Lion in a compact box) are easily recommended. – Scott Yanow

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