Straight no chaser (OST)
Original US OST LP released in 1989 on Columbia Records. Cat: C45358.
This disc pulls double duty as both a motion picture soundtrack as well as a great primer on the multi-faceted Thelonious Monk. Although the 1988 documentary covers Monk's entire life, a healthy portion of the film centers on some amazing footage circa late 1967 and early 1968 from Michael Blackwood and sibling Christian Blackwood, who produced a documentary that aired only once on West German television. Although much of the footage incorporates this era, the soundtrack both in the film as well as on this disc offers a wide spectrum of previously unissued performances. Two of the disc's most intriguing tracks "Pannonica" and "Lulu's Back in Town" are Monk solos dating back from the late summer of 1956. They were donated to the project by none other than the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, Monk's patron and friend since 1954. "Pannonica" is of particular note, as this may be the earliest known recording. It is beautiful in its accidental regency. The flourishes take on more portents and the chord progressions that normally sound difficult sound impossible here. The studio sessions are among Monk's last with this quartet. They include the title track and a rehearsal and final take of "Ugly Beauty" dating back to the 1968 Straight, No Chaser recordings. Features John Coltrane.
Tracks: Straight no chaser (an opening narration)/ Pannonica/ Trinkle, trinkle/ Ugly beauty - rehearsal/ Ugly beauty/ Evidence/ I mean you (stickball)/ Lulu’ s back in town/ Don’ t blame me/ Sweetheart of all my dreams/ ‘ Round midnight.
Record has some light scuff marks and is in Excellent condition. Cover has light ring wear and a small mark on bottom front right and is in Excellent condition.
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