Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Studio album by
ReleasedEarly October 1961[1]
RecordedApril 16, 1957
June 25-26, 1957
July, 1957
StudioReeves Sound Studios, New York City
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Thelonious Monk chronology
Thelonious Himself
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.

The 2010 CD reissue was assembled by the label with material from three different sessions. The impetus for the album was the discovery of three usable studio tracks recorded by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane in July 1957 at the beginning of the band's six-month residency at New York's legendary Five Spot club near Cooper Square.[5] To round out the release, producer Keepnews included two outtakes from the Monk's Music album recorded the previous month, and one additional outtake from Thelonious Himself recorded in April.[6]

The original LP contained the first 6 tracks, and was reissued in 2000 on Fantasy Records as part of its series for back catalogue using the JVC 20-bit K2 coding system. Because of the historical significance of this album it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All selections by Thelonious Monk except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. Ruby, My Dear” – 6:17
  2. “Trinkle, Tinkle” – 6:37
  3. “Off Minor” – 5:10

Side two[edit]

  1. “Nutty” – 6:35
  2. Epistrophy” (Kenny Clarke, Monk) – 3:07
  3. “Functional” – 9:46

CD Reissue 2010 bonus track

  1. "Monk's Mood" – 7:52



  1. ^ Billboard Oct 16, 1961
  2. ^ Down Beat: December 21, 1961 Vol. 28, No. 26
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Ira Gitler, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Jazzland JCD 46-2, 2000, liner notes.
  6. ^ Gitler, liner notes.
  7. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame