The Record Collection

Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: at Carnegie Hall (1957) 2005

at Carnegie Hall

Track list:

01. Monk’s Mood
02. Evidence
03. Crepuscule With Nellie
04. Nutty
05. Epistrophy
06. Bye-Ya
07. Sweet & Lovely
08. Blue Monk
09. Epistrophy [Incomplete]


Thelonious Monk – piano
John Coltrane – tenor sax
Ahmed Abdul-Malik – bass
Shadow Wilson – drums

Recorded by Voice of America at Carnegie Hall, New York City; November 29, 1957
Released: September 27, 2005

Label: Blue Note / Thelonious Records
35173 (USA)
35174 (UK)

Producer: T.S. Monk, Michael Cuscuna
Recording Engineer: Harry Hechberg

Tape Preserved and provided from the collections of the Library of Congress

liner notes: Amiri Baraka, Ira Gitler, Ashley Kahn, Stanley Crouch, Robin D.G. Kelley, Lewis Porter, Larry Applebaum

Creative Direction: Godon H. Lee
Art Direction & Design: Burton Yount
Cover Illustration: Felix Sockwell
Quartet Photograph by: Don Schlitten
Individual Photographs by: Francis Wolff

The Album was recorded on 29 November 1957 at “Thanksgiving Jazz”, a benefit concert produced by Kenneth Lee Karpe for the Morningside Community Center in Harlem.

Other acts playing included: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, and Chet Baker with Zoot Sims.

The recording, by Voice of America, documents two sets by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane that night – an early set (tracks 1-5) and a late set (tracks 6-9), which the recording does not fully document.
The tape was stored at the Library of Congress where it sat untouched, until 2005 when it was discovered by recording lab supervisor Larry Appelbaum.

The recording was then restored by producer Michael Cuscuna and T.S. Monk (Thelonious Monk’s son).
~[wikipedia Feb 2013]