Brilliant Corners

Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
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1957 Ratings: #2
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January 1, 1957 / Release Date
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Jazz / Genres
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[I invite you to read my review of Thelonious Monk's debut album released in 1952 for Genius of Modern Music Vol 1, then you'll better understand his life and beginnings]
In 1952, Thelonious Monk had already released a classic album and is no longer to be presented to the public and his peers. He then left Blue Note for the Prestige label where he remained under contract for 2 years. During this period Thelonious worked a lot with Sonny Rollins forming a duo and a magical and legendary alchemy ... read more
For Thelonious Monk's third studio album for Riverside Records, he brought together a star studded cast of musicians including Sonny Rollins and Max Roach to bring to life what may be his most ambitions record up to that point, and the first on this label to contain any original compositions. The first track especially is incredibly complex and meticulously assembled which was evidently no easy task to accomplish as this track alone took 12 takes to get right and the sheer complexity of the ... read more
I'm not a big fan of jazz, I see that's musically superb, but is just not my kind of thing. It all sounds kind of the same to me. It doesn't touch my heart. I hope that someday it clicks for me, sometimes I feel I'm missing something.

5. Pannonica
4. I Surrender, Dear
3. Bemsha Swing
2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
1. Brilliant Corners
Utterly perfect from the first note to the last. One of my favourite albums of all time.
I got mad respect for the complexity and brilliance of this lp, I mean just the fact that the title track required over 20 takes (and still had to be stitched together) says enough. Do I find listening to it super enjoyable though? Eeeeh, it has grown on me with each listen, but it's kind of hard to get through on repeat listens, and I feel I have to really pay attention to what's happening or else it just sounds like chaos (Ba-Lue Boliviar Ba-Lues-Are I'm looking at you). Incredibly important ... read more
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Track List

  1. Brilliant Corners
  2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
  3. Pannonica
  4. I Surrender, Dear
  5. Bemsha Swing
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