Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Studio album by Thelonious Monk
Released Early October 1961[1]
Recorded April 12, 1957
June 26, 1957
July, 1957
Genre Jazz
Length 37:37
Label Jazzland
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Thelonious Monk chronology
Thelonious Himself
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk
(1957/rel. 1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.

The album was assembled by the label with material from three different sessions. The impetus for the album was the discovery of three usable studio tracks recorded by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane in July of 1957 at the beginning of the band's six-month residency at New York's legendary Five Spot club near Cooper Square.[5] To round out the release, producer Keepnews included two outtakes from the Monk's Music album recorded the previous month, and an additional outtake from Thelonious Himself recorded in April.[6] The latter selection, "Functional," is a solo piano piece by Monk.

It was reissued in 2000 on Fantasy Records as part of its series for back catalogue using the JVC 20-bit K2 coding system. Because of the historical significance of this album it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.[7]

Track listing

All selections by Thelonious Monk except as indicated.

Side one

  1. Ruby, My Dear” — 6:17
  2. “Trinkle, Tinkle” — 6:37
  3. “Off Minor” — 5:15

Side two

  1. “Nutty” — 6:35
  2. Epistrophy” (Kenny Clarke, Monk) — 3:07
  3. “Functional” — 9:46



  1. Billboard Oct 16, 1961
  2. Down Beat: December 21, 1961 Vol. 28, No. 26
  3. Allmusic review
  4. Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. Ira Gitler, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Jazzland JCD 46-2, 2000, liner notes.
  6. Gitler, liner notes.
  7. Grammy Hall of Fame
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