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More Archival Monk Due in August

Thelonious Records and Hyena will release Monk ‘Round the World, the second installment from the recent partnership between the two labels, on August 10, 2004. The release is a collection drawn from five different Thelonious Monk concerts and highlighting seven performances between 1961 and 1964. Monk’s various quartets are represented on the set, with an emphasis longtime Monk collaborator Charlie Rouse, who began playing tenor saxophonist in the pianist’s group in 1959. Monk ‘Round The World also offers a bonus DVD of Monk at the Marquee Club in London on March 14, 1965 and liner notes by basketball legend and self-professed Monk fanatic Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Monk ‘Round The World opens with the classic “Epistrophy” from The Monterey Jazz Festival in 1963. Performances of “Blue Monk,” “C Jam Blues” “Ruby, My Dear” and “Rhythm-A-Ning” from various concerts follow. The set is rounded out by renditions of “Bemsha Swing” played in Sweden in 1961 and a version of “Hackensack” played at an undetermined European location in 1964.

The collaboration between Thelonious Records and Hyena marks the first time the Thelonious Monk estate has opened it vaults to national distribution. The series—which began with the 2003 release of Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia—is produced by Hyena’s Joel Dorn in conjunction with Thelonious Records’ founders, drummer T.S. Monk (Thelonious’ son) and Dr. Peter Grain. The release program intends to focus on both legitimizing bootleg recordings that have never been legally issued before and unearthing previously unreleased performances. The label will also release albums by T.S. Monk.

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