For an all-too-brief time in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history performed together every night at New York’s Five Spot Cafe. And between April and July of that year, they made their only studio recordings together. Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward ̶ and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. This deluxe 3-LP box set features original artwork, rare photos, 180-gram vinyl, audio remastered from the original analog masters and an essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who, as producer of the original sessions, was present at the creation of every note.
Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. In a DOWNBEAT interview Coltrane recalled, “Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way.”Regarding Craft Recordings inaugural release, Sig Sigworth, President, Craft Recordings, shares:
“Craft Recordings is built on a dedication to create innovative, high-quality releases. The intersection of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk in 1957 defines high quality and innovation, so it was an easy choice to have this unique package be Craft Recordings’ debut release.”
2017 marks what would have been Monk‘s 100th birthday and this release celebrates the brief but prolific intersection of genius between two of jazz’s all-time luminaries.
The 3-LP box set is available to pre-order on Amazon.