Misterioso (Thelonious Monk album)
Misterioso is a 1958 live album by American jazz ensemble the Thelonious Monk Quartet. It was one of the first successful live recordings of Monk’s music and was produced by Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records. The album was originally met with a mixed critical reaction. It has since received retrospective acclaim from critics and jazz musicians.
About Misterioso (Thelonious Monk album) in brief
Misterioso is a 1958 live album by American jazz ensemble the Thelonious Monk Quartet. It was one of the first successful live recordings of Monk’s music and was produced by Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records. The album was originally met with a mixed critical reaction; reviewers applauded Monk’s performance but were critical of Johnny Griffin’s playing. It has since received retrospective acclaim from critics and jazz musicians, some of whom viewed Griffin’s solo as the record’s highlight. In 1951, the pianist was convicted of narcotics possession after refusing to betray his friend, pianist Bud Powell, to the police. The conviction resulted in the suspension of his cabaret card, the permit required by performers in New York for work in nightclubs. In May 1957, the SLA said Monk needed to get a club owner to hire him first, prompting Colomby to consider the Five Spot Café. In his first stable job in years, Monk helped transform the small bar into one of New York’s most popular venues, as it attracted bohemians, hipsters, and devout fans of the pianists’s music. In 1958, Monk returned to the venue with a new quartet and received an eight-week offer from Joe and Iggy Termini to play the venue again, beginning on June 12.
He played most nights during the weekend with drummer Roy Haynes, bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. His first recording of the ensemble was two sets of two sets during their July 9 show on Riverside Records, and did not allow Monk to allow Griffin to play with the group. The quartet eventually developed a sufficient rapport and released Misterioso on August 7, 1958. The cover art was part of Riverside’s attempt to capitalize on his popularity with intellectual and bohemian audiences; it appropriated Giorgio de Chirico’s 1915 painting The Seer. It was remastered and reissued in 1989 and 2012 by Original Jazz Classics, and has been released on CD twice, once in 2008 and again in 2012. The album is available in CD, CD, and digital formats. For more information on how to order your copy of the album, visit http://www.originsjax.com/thelonious-monk-albums/misteriosos-listen-list-and-releases.html. For more details on the album and its remastered version, visit http:// www.originalsjazz Classics.com/. For the full version of the recording, visit the Riverside Records store and the Collection of Music and Music Works Online.