Lost Monk Recording

John Coltrane plays with Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot Café in 1957Here’s a nice little flash player featuring three tracks from Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, that great album I bought last month. Listen to a few tracks, then buy the album!

It is a great album with an incredible backstory. Early this year, an archivist at the Library of Congress was sorting through some old Voice of America audiotapes when he came across a box of tapes labeled “Carnegie Hall Jazz 1957” and a handwritten note “T. Monk” along with some song titles. The jazz specialist had stumbled upon a lost recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane from a Thanksgiving 1957 concert at Carnegie Hall, recorded by the Voice of America but never broadcast.