This year is sure full of surprises for the jazz community! After John Coltrane’s posthumous album, Both Directions at Once, recently released on the Impulse label, a new previously unheard live album is set to drop from none other than jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Recorded live at Old Fellow Palæet in Copenhagen in 1963 and featuring the pianist’s critically-acclaimed quartet comprised of Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums, (with whom he also recorded Criss-Cross and Monk’s Dream), Mønk is set to drop September 28th via Gearbox Records. The album, which features a mix of Monk originals and standards, including “Monk’s Dream” and “Body and Soul” will be released digitally as well as on CD and vinyl complete with liner notes by pianist Ethan Iverson and jazz writer Stephen Graham. A collector’s edition of the vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) will also be made available with a previously-unpublished, signature-embossed 30 x 30 print of Monk by famed British journalist and photographer Val Wilmer. Stream the Monk classic “Nutty”, the first single from the album, below and pre-order your copy now.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.