Monks Dream

Thelonious Monk - Sextet

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Monk's Dream (Monk, Thelonious) Sextet / HL00000664

Recorded by
T.S. MONK on
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993

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Tempo Medium swing
Arrangement Difficulty medium
Solos Difficulty medium

 

Sextet Instrumentation
1st Part Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef 
2nd Part Alto Sax, Tenor Sax 
3rd Part Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone 
4th Part  
5th Part  
6th Part  
Rhythm Section Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar 
Score full score 

 

Music Analysis
MONK'S DREAM by THELONIOUS MONK
Arranged by Don Sickler
Medium swing

SEXTET INSTRUMENTATION
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef 
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
FULL SCORE

In true Monk fashion, this arrangement revolves around 
the interplay between the front line and the rhythm section. A great 
chart to get the rhythm section thinking as a unit and to foster careful, 
accurate execution of tricky, exposed rhythmic figures. It's also 
a good introduction to the elusive complexities of Monk's music.

SOLOS: The changes are an unconventional arrangement of conventional 
harmonies. They're not beyond a moderately-skilled improviser, and 
they'll open up some new creative avenues for more experienced soloists. 

difficulty level
arr: medium
solos: medium

OTHER RECORDINGS
Thelonious Monk "Trio" OJC (Prestige) 010
Thelonious Monk "Monk's Dream" Columbia CK 40786
Dick Katz "Three Way Play" Reservoir 127
Don Braden "After Dark" Criss Cross 1081
Larry Young "Art Of Larry Young" Blue Note 99177
Ralph Moore "Furthermore" Landmark 1526

 

Monk, Thelonious
THELONIOUS MONK (1917-1981) One of Jazz's greatest composers, a pianist 
with an instantly recognizable style that defies imitation as well as 
one of its most enigmatic, yet colorful figures, Thelonious Monk's 
stature as an artist continues to grow as many of today's most 
prominent Jazz artists record his compositions, even devoting entire 
albums devoted to his music. Thelonious grew up in New York and was part of 
the fertile Jazz scene at Mintons and other 52nd Street clubs where the 
language of bebop was being created. Like Miles Davis, his musical 
apprenticeship was brief and he spent virtually his entire career as a 
leader. Monk's compositions and playing were so advanced, even for 
bebop, that he remained relatively obscure (but not to fellow musicians) 
until a famous 1957 gig at the Five Spot with John Coltrane. From that 
point on, he toured and recorded regularly until his health caused him 
to retire in the early 1970s. Monk's extensive discography, primarily 
on the Blue Note, Riverside and Columbia labels, includes various 
recordings of such standards as "Round Midnight," "In Walked Bud," "Well 
You Needn't," "Blue Monk" and "Straight, No Chaser."  Monk's legacy 
continues to grow, not only from reissues of his albums and new recordings 
of his compositions, but through the work of his son, T.S. Monk and the 
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Among the past winners of its annual 
competition are Joshua Redman and Jacky Terrason.