The Thelonious Monk Quartet Monk's Dream Numbered Hybrid SACD
Thelonious Monk's Columbia Records Debut Bursts with Blues, Stride, Gospel, and Swing: Monk's Dream Conveys a Joyous, Boundless, Exhilarating Freedom That Encourages Repeat Listening
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes for Audiophile Sound and Limited to 3,000 Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD of 1963 Set Features Stunning Clarity, Responsiveness, and Presence
The historical import, musical genius, and timeless artistry of Monk's Dream can be best appreciated by first placing the record in the context of its era. In short, Thelonious Monk's joyful Columbia Records debut triggered a domino effect of mainstream attention, best-selling success, and across-the-board respect that led him to become one of only six jazz musicians to ever grace the cover of Time then America's most widely read weekly magazine.
Couple the extraordinary feat with the fact the British Invasion and Beatlemania were already in full swing, and the cultural significance not to mention its place in the jazz canon of Monk's Dream skyrockets to near-unthinkable heights.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition hybrid SACD pays tribute to the 1963 album's merit and enhances the music for generations to come.
This audiophile-grade collector's edition strips away any lingering audio limitations to provide a clear, transparent, and up-close view of a set that inspired DownBeat to award the record a five-star review in which critic Pete Welding correctly proclaimed it "a stunning reaffirmation of [Monk's] powers as a performer and composer."
Throughout, Monk's Dream conveys an exhilarating freedom that mirrors the improvisational twists, dissonant techniques, and melodic turns Monk embraced not only in the studio (and on the stage) but in everyday life.
Considered by some to be too idiosyncratic for his own good, his flawless craftsmanship, underlying irreverence, and deep-seated knowledge of swing, stride, blues, and gospel raise this 1963 album to mythical levels and let the inner contours, deliberate phrasings, and urgent solos on tracks like "Bye-Ya" and the title cut exhibit new details, themes, and directions with each listen.
The Thelonious Monk Quartet Monk's Dream Track Listing:
1. Monk's Dream
2. Body And Soul
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Five Spot Blues
5. Bolivar Blues
6. Just A Gigolo
8. Sweet And Lovely
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