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Monk's Mood
Thelonious Monk

• "Monk's Mood," which received its fIrst recording at a 1947 Blue Note
recording session, is Monk's most somber composition. My arrangement is a
transcription of 110nk' s piano introduction to a big band setting of the tune, which
was recorded live at Town Hall in New York City on Februa:""}' :;8, 1959. Alrho:lgh
Lhe composilion was written entirely in 4/4 , I inserted a few measures of 5/ to
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indicate !<.10nk's performance on this particular :e:o:-dirg.

This concen was most likely the first time that tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse
recorded with MO:1k. Rouse was to become a fixture in the Thelonious Monk
Quanet in the 19605.

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