Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream (1962)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Thelonious Monk
Title Monk's Dream
Length 73:39 Discs: 1 Tracks: 12
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Columbia/Legacy Cat. Number CK 63536
Style Bop; Hard Bop Rating
Recorded 1962 
Musicians Credits
Thelonious Monk piano
Charlie Rouse sax tenor
John Ore bass
Frankie Dunlop drums
Producer Teo Macero
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Engineer Tim Geelan
Track list
Monk's Dream (Take 8) 06:30
Body and Soul (Re-take 2) 04:32
Bright Mississippi (Take 1) 08:40
Blues Five Spot 03:18
Blue Bolivar Blues (Take 2) 07:35
Just a Gigolo 02:31
Bye-ya 05:26
Sweet and Lovely 07:58
Monk's Dream (Take 3) 05:18
Body and Soul (Take 1) 05:14
Bright Mississippi (Take 3) 10:25
Blue Bolivar Blues (Take 1) 06:12
AMG Review by Lindsay Planer (5):
Monk's Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight — almost telepathic — dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre. By the early '60s, bop had become considered passé by artists as well as fans looking for the next musical trend. This is coupled with the fact that discerning Monk fans would have undoubtedly recognized many of these titles from several live recordings issued at the end of his tenure on Riverside. Not to belabor the point, however, but precious few musicians understood the layer upon layer of complexities and challenges that Monk's music created. On tracks such as "Five Spot Blues" and "Bolivar Blues," Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: "Just a Gigolo" and "Body and Soul." Most notable about Monk's solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings on Prestige in the late '40s. Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.