Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners!

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Hello Everyone!

This post is the nineteenth post of my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.

In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!

This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!

In this post we’re going to be talking about Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners!

As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!

Brilliant Corners was released in 1957 on Riverside, it was produced by Orrin Keepnews, the art director was Paul Bacon and the run time is 43:08!

Thelonious Monk was an American Jazz Pianist and Composer most known for his unique improvisational style.

According to the book Thelonious Monk played a key part in the creation of Bebop at the Harlem nightspot Minton’s in the mid 1940’s but he was kept out of Manhattan night clubs because of a ‘bogus’ drug conviction.

Brilliant Corners is the album that sort of marks Thelonious Monks’ return to the jazz scene and more importantly his return as a composer,

Image Source: https://www.discogs.com/Thelonious-Monk-Brilliant-Corners/release/1914970

Famously the iconic title track for this album took over 25 takes to get and consequently the final version is actually pieced together bits from each of the takes!

Let’s take a look at the track list!

Track One: Brilliant Corners

Track Two: Ba-Lue-Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

Track Three: Pannonica

Track Four: I Surrender Dear

Track Five: Bemsha Swing

Image Source: https://www.discogs.com/Thelonious-Monk-Brilliant-Corners/release/1914970

I honestly don’t have a favourite track from this album, I don’t really “get” Thelonious Monk, I feel like if I had ever seen him live it would’ve been amazing, watching any talent musician improv live on stage is amazing but I just don’t think it works as a recording. It doesn’t really sound all that improvised after you’ve listened to it once.

However, I do think this album should be on this list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die so that everyone can at least once in their life experience Thelonious Monk, because I really do believe he would’ve been fantastic to see live and I wish that I could have, I just don’t personally ‘get’ the recorded version.

That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.

Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!

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Charlotte xo