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Monk’s Discography Expands

Thelonious Monk just got bigger. Well, not the man himself, but some of his discography is increasing in girth: Sony’s Columbia/Legacy label will release expanded editions of three notable Monk recordings on August 27.

The first, Monk’s Dream, was originally recorded in 1962 and was the pianist’s major-label debut. This reissue features four cuts that did not appear on the original LP, and includes the work of sidemen Charlie Rouse, John Ore and Frankie Dunlop.

The second reissue, Monk, his fourth solo album, was originally recorded in 1964. Three selections, two of which were previously unissued–alternate takes of “April in Paris” and “Pannonica”–have been added to the original seven tunes. The liner notes include a new essay from pianist Dick Katz.

The final reissue, Live at Newport 1963 & 1965, is a 35-minute recording that was also previously unissued. The set features accompaniment from Larry Gales, Ben Riley and Charlie Rouse and new liner notes by Peter Keepnews.

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