Monk, Thelonious - The Transformer 2 x CDs (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU 15-EXP 0028
"The Transformer is a 2-disc set (totaling 107 minutes) of Thelonious Monk developing his unique take on a single jazz standard, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." The primary source is practice tapes recorded at Monk's home in early 1957, using a small reel-to-reel with a single (mono) microphone. Remastered by Rudy Van Gelder, these historical recordings provide some insight into Monk's methodical approach. In lieu of complete performances, the 79 minutes of practice material feature Monk often repeating phrases as he transposes the key and gradually imparts his singular voicing and phrasing. The second disc adds 3 live performances of the same tune recorded in Europe with Monk's quartet between 1961 and 1964, illustrating the result of Monk's transformation. Liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley are provided in English, French, and German. For the Monk connoisseur or completist, this is an essential gem."
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