Original Recordings of Thelonious Monk Compositions

The table below contains a list of the first ever recording and release of compositions written by Thelonious Monk. Click the link below to listen to the entire playlist on Spotify, or shuffle through the playlist right here!

Spotify Playlist: Original Recordings of Thelonious Monk Compositions (clicking this link opens Spotify in your web browser)

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REC. DATEREC. LOCATIONSONG TITLELABELCAT. NO.DISCTITLEREL. YEAR
10/15/1947WOR NYCTheloniousBlue Note54278Thelonious / Suburban Eyes1948
10/15/1947WOR NYCHumphBlue Note56078Humph / Misterioso1949
10/24/1947WOR NYCWell, You Needn'tBlue Note54378Round Midnight / Well, You Needn't1948
10/24/1947WOR NYCOff MinorBlue Note54778Evonce / Off Minor1948
10/24/1947WOR NYCRuby, My DearBlue Note54978Ruby My Dear / Evidence1949
10/24/1947WOR NYCIntrospectionBlue NoteBLP 1510LPGenius of Modern Music, Vol. 11956
11/21/1947WOR NYC'Round MidnightBlue Note54378Round Midnight / Well, You Needn't1948
11/21/1947WOR NYCIn Walked BudBlue Note54878In Walked Bud / Epistrophy1948
11/21/1947WOR NYCWho KnowsBlue Note156578Who Knows / Monk's Mood1950
11/21/1947WOR NYCMonk's MoodBlue Note156578Who Knows / Monk's Mood1950
7/2/1948Apex NYCEpistrophyBlue Note54878In Walked Bud / Epistrophy1948
7/2/1948Apex NYCEvidenceBlue Note54978Ruby My Dear / Evidence1949
7/2/1948Apex NYCMisteriosoBlue Note56078Humph / Misterioso1949
7/2/1948Apex NYCI Mean YouBlue Note156478I Mean You / Symphonette (Tadd Dameron)1950
7/23/1951WOR NYCFour in OneBlue Note158978Four in One / Straight No Chaser1951
7/23/1951WOR NYCStraight, No ChaserBlue Note158978Four in One / Straight No Chaser1951
7/23/1951WOR NYCCriss CrossBlue Note159078Criss Cross / Eronel1951
7/23/1951WOR NYCEronelBlue Note159078Criss Cross / Eronel1951
7/23/1951WOR NYCAsk Me NowBlue Note159178Ask Me Now / Willlow Weep for Me1951
5/30/1952WOR NYCSkippyBlue Note160278Skippy / Let's Cool One1953
5/30/1952WOR NYCLet's Cool OneBlue Note160278Skippy / Let's Cool One1953
5/30/1952WOR NYCHornin' InBlue Note160378Hornin' In / Carolina Moon1953
10/15/1952WOR NYCBye-YaPrestige79578Sweet and Lovely / Bye Ya1953
10/15/1952WOR NYCLittle Rootie TootiePrestige85078Little Rootie Tootie / Monk's Dream1953
10/15/1952WOR NYCMonk's DreamPrestige85078Little Rootie Tootie / Monk's Dream1953
12/18/1952WOR NYCTrinkle, TinklePrestige83878Trinkle, Tinkle / These Foolish Things1953
12/18/1952WOR NYCBemsha SwingPrestigePRLP 14210"Thelonious1953
12/18/1952WOR NYCReflectionsPrestigePRLP 14210"Thelonious1953
11/13/1953WOR NYCLet's Call ThisPrestigePRLP 16610"Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP1954
11/13/1953WOR NYCThink of One (Take 2)PrestigePRLP 16610"Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP1954
11/13/1953WOR NYCFriday the 13thPrestigePRLP 16610"Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP1954
5/11/1954Hackensack, NJWe SeePrestigePRLP 18010"Thelonious Monk Quintet1954
5/11/1954Hackensack, NJLocomotivePrestigePRLP 18010"Thelonious Monk Quintet1954
5/11/1954Hackensack, NJHackensackPrestigePRLP 18010"Thelonious Monk Quintet1954
9/22/1954Hackensack, NJWorkPrestigePRLP 18910"Thelonious Monk Plays1955
9/22/1954Hackensack, NJNuttyPrestigePRLP 18910"Thelonious Monk Plays1955
9/22/1954Hackensack, NJBlue MonkPrestigePRLP 18910"Thelonious Monk Plays1955
10/15/1955Hackensack, NJShuffle BoilSignalS 1201LPGigi Gryce Orchestra and Quartet1956
10/15/1955Hackensack, NJBrake's SakeSignalS 1201LPGigi Gryce Orchestra and Quartet1956
10/15/1955Hackensack, NJGallop's GallopSignalS 1201LPGigi Gryce Orchestra and Quartet1956
10/9/1956Reeves NYCBa-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-areRiversideRLP 12-226LPBrilliant Corners1957
10/9/1956Reeves NYCPannonicaRiversideRLP 12-226LPBrilliant Corners1957
10/15/1956Reeves NYCBrilliant CornersRiversideRLP 12-226LPBrilliant Corners1957
4/12/1957Reeves NYCFunctionalRiversideRLP 12-235LPThelonious Himself1957
5/15/1957NYCRhythm-a-ningAtlantic1278LPArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk1958
6/26/1957Reeves NYCAbide with MeRiversideRLP 12-242LPMonk's Music1957
6/26/1957Reeves NYCCrepescule with NellieRiversideRLP 12-242LPMonk's Music1957
8/7/1958Five Spot Cafe NYCLight BlueRiversideRLP 12-262LPThelonious in Action1958
8/7/1958Five Spot Cafe NYCComing on the HudsonRiversideRLP 12-262LPThelonious in Action1958
8/7/1958Five Spot Cafe NYCFive Spot Blues (as "Blues Five Spot")RiversideRLP 12-279LPMisterioso1958
6/1/1959NYCPlayed TwiceRiversideRLP 12-305LP5 by Monk by 51959
6/4/1959NYCJackie-ingRiversideRLP 12-305LP5 by Monk by 51959
10/20/1959San Francisco, CARound LightsRiversideRLP 12-312LPAlone in San Francisco1959
10/21/1959San Francisco, CABluehawkRiversideRLP 12-312LPAlone in San Francisco1959
4/29/1960The Blackhawk SFSan Francisco Holiday (Worry Later)RiversideRLP 12-323LPAt the Blackhawk1960
11/1/1962Columbia 30th St. Studio NYCBright MississippiColumbiaCL 1965LPMonk's Dream1963
12/30/1963Lincoln Center NYCOska TColumbiaCL 2164LPBig Band and Quartet in Concert1964
1/30/1964Columbia Studios NYCStuffy TurkeyColumbiaCL 2184LPIt's Monk's Time1964
3/9/1964Columbia Studios NYCTeoColumbiaCL 2291LPMonk1964
10/31/1964Los Angeles, CANorth of the SunsetColumbiaCL 2349LPSolo Monk1965
11/2/1964Los Angeles, CAMonk's PointColumbiaCL 2349LPSolo Monk1965
12/14/1967Columbia Studios NYCUgly BeautyColumbiaCS 9632LPUnderground1968
12/14/1967Columbia Studios NYCGreen ChimneysColumbiaCS 9632LPUnderground1968
12/21/1967Columbia Studios NYCBoo Boo's BirthdayColumbiaCS 9632LPUnderground1968
2/14/1968Columbia Studios NYCRaise FourColumbiaCS 9632LPUnderground1968

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