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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Underground was recorded in 1967, about 20 years into the career of this wholly distinctive and unorthodox pianist-composer. Whenever the understated saxophone talents of Charlie Rouse accompany Thelonious Monk, one is ass... more »
Underground was recorded in 1967, about 20 years into the career of this wholly distinctive and unorthodox pianist-composer. Whenever the understated saxophone talents of Charlie Rouse accompany Thelonious Monk, one is assured of an invigorating set of music--and this collection is no exception. Supported by Larry Gales on bass and the inimitable Ben Riley on drums, Monk and Rouse elaborate on immortal compositions like "Ugly Beauty." On "In Walked Bud," the quartet is joined by vocalist Jon Hendricks. With jagged themes and unusual variations of meter and key, Underground showcases an aging Monk's still-brilliant eccentricity on the piano. A good bit looser than much of Monk's earlier work, he and Rouse infuse this date with their tag-team humor and unrelenting musical enthusiasm. --Mitch Myers
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M J Miller | Park City, UT, USA | 02/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, so it's not a five star album, but this may be one of Monk's most accessible works. This was the first Monk album I bought (I'll admit, it was the album cover) and I probably listen to it more than "Brilliant Corners" or "Monk's Music" or any of the other favorites of the purists. This album is maligned only because it came late in his career, when he was no longer breaking new ground. But ther are some winners here, including the haunting "Ugly Beauty" the affectionate "Boo-Boo's Birthday", written for his daughter."
Underappreciated offering by Monk
Tim Smith | Bonney Lake, WA United States | 05/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second Monk album I ever heard (Monk's Music was the first) and the first I ever bought. I still listen to it quite often. The criticisms one may have read of it not being very worthwhile because it breaks no new ground strike me as...well, as snobbish. Yes, it has some older songs on it, but "Thelonious" (for example) still sounds good and Monk has rarely hammered a keyboard like he does on this rendition. These are Monk's own songs, for crying out loud, and he obviously felt he had more to explore. Thelonious was such an innovator and so far ahead of his time, I don't understand how someone can criticize his last few Columbia discs because he wasn't breaking new ground when he'd been doing that very thing for close to 20 years.This CD still swings, and for my money, that's the highest praise possible. Monk was a tormented genius who gave us wonderful music. I for one appreciate his gift. Listen, swing with Monk and enjoy."