Label: Sam Records – 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl – AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Kevin Gray – 1,000 Numbered Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP
A landmark discovery!
Never-before released Thelonious Monk 1959 studio recording
“This long-lost soundtrack to Roger Vadim’s film of the same title (spread out on two CDs, with alternate takes) isn’t the best Monk album from the period, but it’s not a mere novelty either. Monk’s piano work is drenched with playful energy, and the band-Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen on tenor saxes, Sam Jones on bass, Art Taylor on drums-is in top form. * Bonus: The final track has Monk coaching Taylor through the drum part on ‘Light Blue,’ a fine illustration of the complexities of Monk’s music and how it comes out when the musicians get it down.” – Fred Kaplan, Slate.com, December 2017
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, 111 W. 57th., New York, N.Y., July 27, 1959.
2017 celebrates the centennial of one of jazz’s greatest composers & pianists.
First official release with the full permission and cooperation of the Thelonious Monk Estate.
Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
LP includes double photo insert
Mastered from the original master tapes.
A landmark discovery !
Here is Thelonious Monk’s only film musical score, never-before-released, for Roger Vadim’s famed French film “Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960.” The soundtrack features Monk’s 1959 all-star working band of Charlie Rouse, Sam Jones & Art Taylor, plus special guest French Saxophonist Barney Wilen.
“We knew that Monk had recorded the soundtrack for ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ but we never expected to find these tapes 55 years after the movie was released. It is such a blessing to be able to listen to this fantastic session, and make it available for all to hear, with the precious help of eminent jazz specialists such as Robin D.G. Kelley, Brian Priestley, Daniel Richard, Alain Tercinet and Zev Feldman. This project is also a great opportunity to pay a tribute to producer Marcel Romano who had done so much for jazz music in France during the 1950’s,” writes Fred Thomas. “It was a startling revelation to discover that this music existed, that it was not just another live recording but a very well recorded studio session of great historical significance.”