“Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall” is a live recording by Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane on November 29, 1957 at “Thanksgiving Jazz”, a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, New York.
In 2005, the recording tape by the U.S. shortwave broadcasting Voice of America was found at the Library of Congress, and released on CD from Blue Note Records.
The sound quality is pretty good.
A precious live recording and historic document that cannot be listened to in other recordings.
In this album, we can listen to the interplay at that time between Monk (piano) in his prime, who had established his unique unorthodox performance style, and Coltrane (tenor saxophone), who was moving into his own high speed improvisational style called “sheets of sound”, in clear sound.
The tracks are mainly Monk’s original compositions, such as “Monk’s Mood”, “Evidence”, “Epistrophy” and “Blue Monk”.