Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk: Mulligan Meets Monk (1957) 3013

Mulligan Meets Monk

Track list:

A1 01. ‘Round Midnight
A2 02. Rhythm-a-Ning
A3 03. Sweet and Lovely

B1 04. Decidedly (tk 4)
B2 05. Straight, No Chaser (tk 3)
B3 06. I Mean You (tk 4)

bonus tracks (not on original LP)
07. Decidedly (tk 5)
08. Straight, No Chaser (tk 1)
09. I Mean You (tk 1)
10. I Mean You (tk 2)


Gerry Mulligan – baritone sax
Thelonious Monk – piano
Wilbur Ware – bass
Shadow Wilson – drums

Released: 1957
Label: Riverside RLP 12-247
Rviverside: RLP 1106

Released 1987 [re-mastered by Phil De Lancie]
Label: Original Jazz Classics OJC 301-2

Released: 2013 [re-mastered by Joe Tarantino]
Label: Original Jazz Classics Remasters OJC-34590-02

#2,5,6,8,10: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City; August 12, 1957
#1,3,4,7,9: Reeves Sound Studios, New York City; August 13, 1957

Original recordings produced by: Orrin Keepnews
Recorded by Jack Higgins
Liner notes: Orrin Keepnews

Cover design: Paul Bacon
Cover photo: Robert Parent

Re-issue produced by Nick Philips
24-bit remastering: Joe Tarantino (Joe Tarantino MAstering, Berkeley, CA)
Booklet Notes (2013): Neil Tesser
Monk_Mulligan_EBooklet  (pdf 873KB)
Editorial: Rikka Arnold
Project Assistance: Abbey Anna, Chris Clough, Nick Ehnat
Design: Andrew Pham


The pairing of Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan must have resembled a clash in cultures at the time it took place.

Here was Monk, as “East Coast” as could be, connecting with the musician who, more than anyone else, introduced the concept of “West Coast” jazz to the world.

Yet the pair shared not only mutual respect but also many common musical values, and their historic conclave, featuring an indelible version of Monk’s “’Round Midnight” (and, on this CD reissue, four intriguing alternate takes), identified a common ground where the sinew in Mulligan’s sound and Monk’s economy and whimsy appeared in greater relief.

This is jazz without coasts or borders.


Riverside Records was founded by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer in 1953, remaining a major force in jazz recording in New York City for a decade, when Grauer died from a heart attack and the label declared bankruptcy.

The catalog was acquired by Fantasy Records in 1972 and the catalog released under the Original Jazz Classics imprint.

Concord Records purchased Fantasy Records in 2004, creating the largest jazz catalog available.