Monk Mystery

Not entirely solo

Not entirely solo

Okay you geeks, what tune is this?
I bought this Solo Monk cd in the early ’90’s. It’s supposed to contain 13 solo piano tunes. While there is no mention of a bonus track, it nevertheless has one, even though it’s not at the end. The extra track isn’t solo, but a trio. I just ripped it off the disc and it comes up as “Solo Monk” with the album art and all. Track 14 is solo and comes up as Unknown Artist. The Mystery tune is #13 and listed as “Introspection[+]”. Is that right??
I guess whoever mastered it at Columbia f*&%ed up.
According to Amazon the latest edition has more songs on it than mine, but none are the version of “Introspection”(?) posted here.

Captain Beefheart, (Don Van Vliet,) describes the most memorable performance he ever witnessed.

“I saw Monk once at a theatre in San Fernando Valley. They gave him a grand piano, a really beautiful Steinway, with a cut glass bowl of roses. He came in late wearing a trench coat. He dumped the bowl in the piano, knocked down the lid, and hit one note. The sound: everything going into the piano, the strings, the water splashing, the roses. And then he left.”

Monk Mystery

4 thoughts on “Monk Mystery

  1. Dude?
    Are you kidding me? That’s fucking John Scofield playing the piano on that track.
    It’s called “Baby, I Been Ezz Tryin’ To Get In Your Amp Pants For Too Long Now…and it hurts me to think about it”.
    From the long lost “Shithead Sessions” album produced by Richard Perry and Bono.
    Colombia never fucks up…’cept’n for them Bob Dylan records!

  2. I have 24 Thelonious Monk cd’s and only one has an version of “Introspection”, it’s from a 1947, and recorded for Blue Note. While looking I found two cd’s I forgot I bought. I picked them up ‘cos they were there, got them home and filed under “get to later”, which is, I guess, now.

  3. the tune is called “honey-suckle rose.” this album was recorded in 1965, so it’s probably John Ore on bass and Frankie Dunlop on drums. However, I am not totally sure, since that group was typically part of Monk’s quartet, which had Charlie Rouse on Tenor. It is possible that Monk used a different drummer/bassist for his trio on this recording, though unlikely.

    I’ve never heard this recording; I have the later release of the album, which does not have this track. Thanks for the post, it was cool to check out.

  4. Wow thanks. I thought it sounded familiar. I’m going to have to look through my other Monk records to see if it shows up again.
    It’s the oddest thing to find at the end of “Solo Monk”. Someone probably got yelled at or fired.

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