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Brilliant Corners

Thelonious Monk

1957

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Brilliant Corners

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3.35

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5

Excellent jazz. I don't know enough about jazz to say what makes it so great, but I know enough about music to say "I Enjoyed This Album."

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5

Swanky and stanky. The Picasso of jazz. Rock on Thelonious.

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Howard: Never do that to a man in a jazz trance. I was deep in the juju then. Vince: Science teachers and the mentally ill, that's all jazz is for. Howard: Take that back you electro ponce. Vince: I hate jazz Howard: You fear jazz

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5

This album is incredible. Thelonious is a genius and it’s on full display here. This is the type of album others strive to make. Every track is perfect. But special shoutouts to the opening track (brilliant corners) and the closing track (bemsha swing). This album fits every mood and every emotion. Top tracks Brilliant corners Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are Pannonica I surrender, dear Bemsha Swing

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5

Monk has such a recognizable style on the piano. He sounds clumsy, like he’s mis-hitting the keys. The songs seem to speed up and slow down – sometimes they actually do, as in the title track – but it’s more often the effect of his playing. He’s a great composer and many of his songs have become standards. This is an all-star line-up. I particularly like Sonny Rollins on tenor who is a good replacement for Monk’s go-to guy, Charlie Rouse, who’s timbre I never liked for some reason.

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5

I have heard of Thelonious Monk, but have never listened to an album. What a treat! Honestly, the first few bars of the first track had me concerned that I would be in for a bumpy jazz ride. But shortly into the album I realized that my first impression was incorrect and it was smooth jazz sailing after that. I found myself tapping my foot and bopping my head and imagining sitting in a dimly-lit (smoke-free for my comfort) jazz club enjoying a martini or a single malt whiskey. Just a delight!!

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4

“Brilliant Corners” by Thelonious Monk (1957) Never heard this album, but I’m marginally familiar with the progressive jazz of Thelonious Monk. These instrumental compositions are intricate and alluring. Monk’s progressions are very accessible to those who are not familiar with New York jazz of the mid-twentieth century. His virtuosity is to be heard in his flourishes, arpeggios, and scales. Melodies on this album seem to exist as a mere framework for jazz riffs, producing a nice 50s bebop feel. A very broad definition of harmony, especially for 1957. Listen for simultaneous adjacent chromatic notes on the celeste on “Pannonia”. They might sound like flubs until one begins to hear the patterns. To get a good taste of Monk’s piano work, check out “I Surrender, Dear” (which I think should have been the opening track, to give the album some forward momentum, but okay . . . ). His technique is accomplished, with crisp execution (perhaps too staccato), but lacking in dynamic variation. Compare with Earl Hines, Oscar Peterson, and Herbie Hancock for a timeline of jazz piano. Monk is not quite in their league, but he’s very good. Saxophonists Sonny Rollins (alto) and Ernie Henry (tenor) unquestionably display talent on this album, even if they are frequently not quite in tune with one another. Several pleasing solo breaks by sax, bass, and drums. This is a fine album, well worth a listen. 4/5

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What I really love in 1950s jazz is bold, clear melodic lines, and the sense of huge energetic possibility kept just under control at a rolling boil. "Bemsha Swing" has this sound and is great. Some of the other tracks are just a little too chilled out, and piano isn't my favourite jazz instrument anyway. But however you look at it, this is an album of amazing quality. 4*

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Brilliant corners is simply a brilliant album. Monk's style may be off putting for some with his crunchy dissonant, off kilter dissonant piano playing, but therein also lies his genius. Allstar band. Highlight for me is Bemsha Swing.

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Music from the days when bass and drums had their place, at the back of the stage, and didn't interrupt the main event, which in this case is excellent piano and sax. Sure they pretend to allow bass solos (in Ba-Lue for example) but it's only done as a way to let them get applause specifically directed at them. I'll applaud when I see live jazz and the bass gets the short solo spot but I know, and they know, the applause is really for the work they do the rest if the time keeping the tempo for the principal soloists. The piano and sax work on this album is extraordinary. The title track seems not to follow the mould. There are lots of tempo changes and the parts where the play speeds up must be tricky to pull off. At the end I wouldn't have been surprised if one of them yelled "I got blisters on my fingers" John Lennon style. The drum solo is a little too long for my liking (Some things never change) Listening to I Surrender, Dear makes me wish I could play piano. No instrument can create an all encompassing sound like the piano does and TM hits it out of the park. Pannonica starts like a sound track from a bad movie. To be sure, it picks up with the sax solo. The celeste solo is also cool but only because it's an unusual instrument. It sounds like a xylophone without the speed of play. While interesting, it's best that it does not stay for more than one song since it does not allow the magic that the piano does. Great soloing throughout.

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4

One of the frustrating things about listening to Monk is how difficult it was for him to find sympathetic collaborators. Monk invented an entirely new way of approaching rhythm, harmony and melody that few musicians had either the ability or interest to approach on its own terms. The three that came closest were Coltrane, Art Blakey and Wilbur Ware, none of whom is present on this recording. Monk's rhythmic innovation was to break and subdivide rhythms in unexpected ways, while still maintaining swing. His conception of harmony most likely grew out of what would be considered by most to be a liability, his unusually large fingers, which resulted in what were probably initially unintended chord clusters. Genius that Monk was, he incorporated these clusters into his harmonies and melodies, using puckish humor. The problem is that most collaborators came from a time keeping/ changes background, which Monk had largely broken away from, so there was usually an amusing tension in his music between Monk's intentions and his collaborator's inability to grasp or execute them. Apparently, this came to a head with the title tune, which took 25 unsuccessful takes, after which the producers threw in the towel and just cut together the usable parts. These days, Brilliant Corners doesn't sound particularly difficult or esoteric--I've heard it as background music at Starbucks, for goodness sake! But in 1957, it certainly threw these musicians for a loop. They couldn't execute the head worth a damn and when it came to the solos, they tried to impose conventional logic on Monk's structure, which just sounded silly. While drummer Max Roach takes a conventional approach on the form of the tune, he at least gets into the spirit of the thing on his solo. The more conventional tunes fair better. Sonny Rollins makes a game attempt to follow Monk's logic on Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are and actually tackles both Monkian rhythm and harmony on the lovely ballad Pannonica. So far this isn't reading like a rave, but Brilliant Corners succeeds in spite of its flaws. The songs, while being unconventional, are memorable and hummable, one and all. And Monk's playing is undiluted magic. I'll take half a point off because of the sometimes maladroit accompanists--if only Monk had played more often with sympathetic musicians like Art Blakey, Wilbur Ware, and John Coltrane--but this is still a great album.

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One's reaction to the piano playing is the key determinant when it comes to Brilliant Corners. The opening number is less than convincing, but establishes the meandering style and the basic form used. That form is best-worked-out during the second, longer cut. Monk provides off-kilter tunes which the band wanders through, in several configurations. It's not obviously dense music, but the ingredients are all there. The rhythm section ties the work together for me, with the double bass standing out as melody.

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4

Dinner party, suits and ties, martinis, and a view of New York City. This is the soundtrack.

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Not a jazz guy (not cultured enough) but pleasant to listen to. Jazz always classes up the joint. 5/10

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Mr. Monk is surely an accomplished player but 45 minutes of winding, seemingly groove-phobic, saxophone solo is trying at best. I shouldn't have to work this hard to enjoy listening to a record.

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Thank God that's over with. I feel inadequate just saying it, but really, what's it about? It seems to me to be the jazz equivalent of guitar shredding. No doubt technically amazing, but utterly useless to listen to. Music only to those actually playing it. Fret-wanking (or the sax/drum/piano version). Sorry, but the emperor's wearing no clothes.

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5

Great classic Jazz album. Some songs recognized as samples

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5

Love some Jazz!

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5

Go listen to Pannonica right now.

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5

Left you wanting more!

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5

My favorite jazz album of all time

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5

I love Theloniois Monk.

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5

Can’t not give this 5 stars.

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5

Jazz is Monk

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5

Puro jazz, seco y sobrio. Grande.

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5

1957....Magic, baby. I will never oooh and aahhhh with my semantics or musical terms, but this is beautiful.

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(Listened to Before) A formative record for me and maybe one of the best hard bop jazz records in existence. Favorite Tracks: All of em Least Favorite Tracks: Nonexistent

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5

Awesome jazz album! Very cool that it is from '57.

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5

Love this album

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5

Хорош, захотел его на пластинке

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5

9/10 great jazz, no complaints other than that I would like some more upbeat tracks. but these slow jams are nice too

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5

I could listen to this album all day. Best in class.

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5

damn, man...why do the awesome ones have to be so short? i'm not sure i've ever heard a monk album i didn't come to love. this one didn't take long - the guy was gone, but holy crap could he play.

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5

Can't listen to this without bringing back memories of my grandad.

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5

Excellent, a jazz classic and wonderful!

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5

Jazz essentials! Feels like I’m in von maur

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5

5.0 + An amazing touchstone from 1957 that was years ahead of its time. Hard bop at its finest. Warm and wonderfully off-kilter at every turn.

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6 stars

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5

Really great example of a great jazz album. Bad jazz is probably the worst music there is but great jazz is the best, and this is undeniably great.

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Extraordinary

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5

Great drumming

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5

Great jazz album! Easy listening!

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5

Monk is a legend, love putting his music on on a lazy Saturday afternoon while reading or cleaning

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5

Enjoyed listening to this, but was gloss painting so did not give my full attention, but definitely worth another listen.

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5

Awesome jazz. Some great solos, very relqxing

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5

Mmmmm... tasty.

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5

Smooooooth. Drums are impeccable.

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5

Brilliant Corners = brilliant music. 5 🌟

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5

I love the name of this album because every corner of it that you look at shines like a diamond. A hard bop masterpiece and Monk's most famous record, "Brilliant Corners" is beautiful and complex, showing his ability as a jazz composer focused on unconventional structures and african-american references. It presents an artist at his creative peak, with a band full of great names like drummer Max Roach and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. An essencial jazz record and an epitome of what jazz was like in the mid 1950s.

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5

Great TM album in every aspect.

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5

Brilliant Corners is one of the odd ball tunes. Its so spikey and angular, especially in 1957. I love this album just like I love all of Monk's music.

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5

1957! It is really surprising how this sounds as if it were recorded yesterday. Absolute keeper.

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5

prata fina

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4

Pretty class. Dos Monos sample the first track on this album, which was pretty unexpected.

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4

Nice to wok by

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4

Started listening - very jazzy. Did not finish.

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4

It's really tough to pick a favorite song with instrumental jazz... The 5 songs on here just kind of blend together into one 42 minute song. I'm not saying it's bad... but just tough to find one that stands out. All in all, I liked it.

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4

Clean jazz is always appreciated

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4

esta chilleable, digerible, casi perfecto...thelonious monk una verga

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4

funky jazz. i like. didn't finish whole album

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4

duplicate

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4

Good free-form jazz, not a super easy listen but plenty in there

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4

Really enjoyed this - groovy melodies with pleasant sounding solos. Not too difficult, something I will listen to again.

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4

Rett og slett god jazz. mye artig påfunn.

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4

I'm not normally one for jazz in general, but I really loved the atmosphere of this album. Perhaps because if the summer weather and it was the perfect soundtrack.

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4/5 -> Melhores: "I Surrender, Dear" e "Bemsha Swing", mas o álbum todo é muito bom

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4

Driving me crazy trying to figure out how/where I know this title track from. I'm a very passive jazz listener - while it's not my favourite music I still do especially enjoy this particular brand/style (instrumental, jazz-trio type). After two full run-throughs I can see why this is on a top list both because it's eminently listenable, interesting, and I've absolutely heard no less than three of these tracks before. Since I'm basic :P if you like Miles Davis Kind of Blue (nearly everyone has heard at least bits of that) you'll probably like this, although it seems a little more bebop/uptempo. It's quite good, I had this as a solid 3 but I think I'd put this as a 4 as I'll keep this one as something to come back to.

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4

good

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4

Brilliant bit of jazz

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4

Ya like Jazz?

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4

Sick

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4

I listened to this album twice on my walks around the block with my infant, it was a delightful way to enjoy the outside breeze and sunshine. Fave Trax: Bemsha Swing, I Surrender, Dear

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4

Nice clarinet work by theo

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4

Done.

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4

Easy 4/5

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4

Good start here. Reminded me a little bit of Miles Davis; had never heard of the album or artist before listening. Enjoyed this immensely.

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4

It is not Kind of Blue…but It is essential to jazz.

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4

Really chill vibes

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4

Ya like jazz?

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4

Very much enjoyed 3.5/3.7?

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Erkennbar gut aber nicht leicht nachzuvollziehen. War aber auch nicht die Absicht vermute ich

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Jazz zu bewerten fällt mir schwer. Aber das habe ich sehr gut hören können!

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bussin

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Legendary

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4

Great Monk album. Not totally sure I love Monk. Ended up reading more about Pannonica than much else. I need to run through the lead sheet on Brilliant Corners because I don't understand it as a composition.

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4

I like this a lot. Definitely getting more into the Jazz vibe as I get older..

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4

A real discovery!

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4

Very good and rather challenging.

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4

Great album, one of my favorite jazz albums. Great tones from all musicians. Interesting Monk melodies. No weak links anywhere.

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4

Good old fashioned jazz. For some reason I've always thought Thelonious Monk was a soul/jazz fusion guy from the '90s, but he actually died in the '80s. Anyway, this is great. Love the piano emphasis, as I believe that's Monk's specialty. Good range of emotional soundscapes here, not as stressful to me as the recent Coltrane album somehow. I loved a lot of the tracks here and would gladly return. Favorite tracks: Brilliant Corners (think like a brilliant), I Surrender Dear, Ba-Lue Bolivar, Pannonica. Album art: The five Monks of legend. He seems like a happy guy. I like this, it's much more creative than the typical jazz portrait cover. 4.5/5

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4

Jazz progression, the abstract of sound is bold, emotional, and thought inspiring. It’s a born talent, a gift. The album was great!,,

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4

It's a good sign when you can loop the album and you don't realize that you're listening to a song for a third time.

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4

Nice background, need lyrics tho

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4

Some good jazz music

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4

Great album. Will need multiple listens to understand more of the movements and changes.

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4

Better than what I had heard from him.

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4

Pannonica was a standout track. The whole album was super enjoyable to listen to. I'm glad that this finally gave me an excuse to sit down and listen to a Thelonious Monk album

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4

Good Jazz. Would recommend. Favorites: Brilliant Corners, Pannonica, I Surrender, Dear

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4

A set of complex pieces for tenor saxophone, notably Brilliant Corners and Pannonica, in which Monk played both piano and celeste. This was to remain his masterpiece. (8/10) FT: Brilliant Corners

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4

hope it'll be a good listen, was good but not a 5 thats owing to his sucessors

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4

Cool jazz!

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4

Great jazz that goes to places that makes you pay attention.

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4

I’ve never had much exposure to jazz, but it’s something I have long been thinking I need more familiarity with. Reading a little about this album it seems like an excellent place to start. When I listen to this it definitely seems like what I would expect in a jazz record. I put this on and found it very cool and classy, relaxing even. It was nice to sit back and chill out to the smooth music. I’m still a complete novice here, but am happy to hear this album.

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4

It's great to hear more jazz. I like it.

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4

It's exciting to finally listen to a renowned artist I've always heard of but never spent time with. This one is hard for me. If I let it float into my subconscious, I enjoy it quite a bit and I ride the ride. If I listen carefully and try to figure out what's going on, I'm perplexed. I struggle with the idea that these are "compositions" (rather than pure improvisations) that I would ever recognize when played by another musician. There seems to be a lack of a melody that my brain can hold on to. They sound like random notes playing, and yet I know they're not. It seems pure "feel" to me, and yet I know there's some sort of structure in there. But as a listener, if I just go with the "feel" it usually feels pretty good. Repeated listening reveals more each time. This is just the beginning of a journey I've never had the patience to take. It's cool.

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4

- Capa bonita - É... gostei de ouvir jazz - Pretendo ouvir mais vezes

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4

Listened at the gym this morning. Pretty new to Jazz but I like Miles Davis and John Coltrane a lot. This was also very good.

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4

Genre: Hard Bop 4/5 Jazz. A genre so ubiquitous, and one which still so heavily influences the music of today. Truly, there's no better place to start than one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Thelonious Monk. While he wasn't akin to some of his more avant-garde, free-jazz contemporaries, Monk fits in his lane perfectly, providing technically challenging jazz, so flawlessly played that it sounds close to the sort of smooth jazz you might hear in a shopping mall. (I don't mean that disparagingly!) Overall, this album is full of great trumpet/saxophone playing, well-played, laidback drum AND bass solos, and it's all beautifully choreographed around Monk's brilliant piano playing. Whether they're slowing it down, or whether they're doubling the time of the same song they started slow, this is a great place to start for anybody looking to see if jazz is right for them. Easygoing, accessible, and a joy to listen to.

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hat mir richtig gut gefallen... leider habe ich auch nicht bemerkt, dass das album wieder von vorne anging... man merkt auf jeden fall die virtuosität der einzelnen musiker. glaube ihnen gingen gegen ende die ideen aus...

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4

Puro jazz.

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4

Sounds completely modern despite coming out in the 50s

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4

Might be some of my favorite Thelonious Monk works I’ve heard. Strong mix of emotions and styles in a tight album. Features other musicians and stays true to the man at the center of the album.

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4

Mournful at times. Elegiac.

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4

4/5. Definitely one of my favorite Jazz albums.

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4

Makes me want to sit in a corner booth at a bar in Chicago and drink brandy cocktails. Some of this is over my head but it’s almost like looking at a start at night where you can see it a little better if you don’t look right at it. I can jive with Thelonious Monk better if I’m not too focused on it.

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4

That was some smooth jazz.

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Bebop is pretty polarizing, so expecting this to be divisive. Really digging the title track. As with all jazz, a little too easy to lose track for a bit, especially during the longer tracks, but this is the kind of jazz I like best, for the most part, so I think I'm pretty happy with this. Track two is pretty good, lots of cool twists and turns despite being on the long side. Yeah, I enjoyed this, on the whole.

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4

I normally like Jazz but this one was a little slow for my taste.

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C’est pas un bon album pour initier les gens au jazz. Je dirais plutôt que s’en est un pour les habitués qui cherche autre chose dans un contexte pré-modal. J’aime beaucoup Monk comme compositeur et comme explorateur. Je l’aime moins comme pianiste. Je le trouve un peu rustre. J’aime bien comment il accompagne les soliste par contre. C’est très inventif et peu conventionnel. Mention spéciale au son du bass drum qui est monstrueux sur plusieurs pièces. À réécouter certainnement.

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Monk qui pousse les limites, tous des players de fous et ils ont dû faire du montage pour la pièce titre. On les sens un peut pas safe dans leurs solos mais ça les force à rester proche du thème et de la structure atypique de la composition, ce qui ressemble aux solos de Monk en général. Un de mes Monk préféré, surtout pour l'innovation de Brilliant Corners qui était assez avant-gardiste pour l'époque et pour le celesta dans Panonica que je trouve magique😇 Ça change de Norah Jones😅

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Already had this one to rate - I think it was my second album. Third duplicate now since I joined a group, does that mean I have to listen to 1004 albums before I die? Previous review: Great Monk album. Not totally sure I love Monk. Ended up reading more about Pannonica than much else. I need to run through the lead sheet on Brilliant Corners because I don't understand it as a composition.

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4

A bit haunting

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4

Didn’t mind the jazzy sensation

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3

Nice jazz. I probably can't properly appreciate this album due to a number of factors... but yeah it's good jazz. Standout Tracks: Pannonica

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3

Iz jazz

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Idk if I’ve graduated from jazz appreciator to jazz lover. Some of it sounds incredible, but the really dissonant off-key notes really throw me off. I get that they’re kinda supposed to make you feel a little uncomfortable but it’s just not the most pleasing jazz to me.

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3

Not something I would usually listen to, but I did enjoy this. Unconventional song structures and rhythms, and some fantastic playing. Not an easy listen, but an enjoyable one.

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3

not my thing. Didn't finish the album.

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3

nice jazz

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3

As usual I don't feel qualified to critique jazz. This captured me less than other Thelonious Monk pieces I've heard.

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3

Next up is a Jazz album called Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk. I know the name, and I've heard of some of the collaborators on this album from 1957. It's the sort of Jazz I've had trouble with in the past. The reviews describe this album as challenging and idiosyncratic, and that means it keeps taking me out of the music. The first song, and name of the album, feels disjointed and scattered and I'm having trouble staying connected. The 2nd song feels better and grooves along well enough, I can hear Monk and how he is in the lead - and the other band mates follow. From what I can see this is a Hard Bop album and this might be the exact kind of Jazz I'm not a fan of. Though I find myself getting drawn into some of the quiet parts of this album. Though it seems like something comes along and interrupts my listening. I own some jazz, and have enjoyed it as art form for many years. My wife is a big fan of the Jazz Vibes playlist on Spotify, which is as far as I get with Jazz these days. And it's background music for the most part. The latter half of this album was very well done.

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🎹👅

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3

No songs really killed it for me.

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3

Cool blues/Jazz album. Nice to relax to or play as house

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3

Great jazz album, very soothing. Didn't blow my mind

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3

Definitely enjoyable, but all the nuance in jazz is lost on me. Hard Bop tends to be most my space and i could listen to this again, but i'm sure i wouldn't recognize any of these pieces.

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3

jazz. don't know much about it. but enjoyed it.

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3

Semibängeri Skön jazz

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5 canciones y 42 minutos. Me sigue sorprendiendo como el CD y luego lo digital cambiaron la cantidad de música a incluir en una nueva entrega de un músico o grupo. El sonido es bastante bueno, da gusto poder escuchar algo de 1957 así.

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3.2*...good album for what it is but it’s elevator music

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3

Sin voz.

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3

No tengo mucho que decir a parte de que esta gente es talentosísima. De los discos instrumentales que me han salido aquí, uno de los que más he disfrutado.

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3

Not my usual listen but I enjoyed it in the background.

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3

Wasn't in the mood at all at first. Actually enjoyed it on second attempt.

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3

Pretty cool despite not being my bag

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3

Can appreciate the artistry of this while not necessarily thinking it was amazing. Would listen again but probably not recommend it to others.

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3

old school piano jazz

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Frantic jazz , good I guess

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This was listenable but it faded into the background for me. I'm not a focused jazz listener and admittedly don't have the experience to appreciate it like an aficionado. I was honestly surprised to see this on a big list of rock/pop albums.

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Once again not a fan of jazz, especially the more experimental stuff, but this was very interesting. Bits sounded like they shouldn’t be there, it was odd

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Background music for me, liked Bemshwa Swing at the end, pulled it up from a 2 to a 3

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Like I surrender dear, but idk nothing stood out. I feel like I want to like monk more than I do

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Decent jazz

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A fine jazz record but Monk’s piano is the only thing that really makes it great. Not really getting the hype

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I liked this one but not sure whether I'll revisit any of the songs again. 3/5 stars

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Has fun moments while being a relaxing ambient listen. Completely instrumental so not an everyday listen, however I enjoyed my time.

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I like Thelonius but he can be a bit hard work. A bit too avante guarde

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A good album with a lot of stuff I wouldn’t normally hear.

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A good earlier jazz album

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kinda boring, but good to do work to

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Not a Jazz fan overall

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A little more big-band than the previous Charles Mingus listen, but still exploratory. No real standout track (Bemsha Swing by a nose), but a nice listen.

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I'm surprised I liked a jazz album it was groovy

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If I enjoyed hard bop I’d rate it higher.

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Good jazz album.

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Go Jazz, dock slår det aldrig Miles Davis

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I’m sure this is great. I’ve just never gotten into jazz so it’s hard for me to judge! Seems a bit unfair on both accounts so I’ll give 3 stars

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Bemsha Swing Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: I'll give Thelonious this much: he does have a distinctive sound. Title track sounds super complex, I bet music theory nerds go googoogaga over the minor-minor-Aflat-Zmajor nonsense going on. I will stick to saying that yup, this is jazz.

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Jazzy Jeff and the Bum Drum Explosions

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Pretty cool.

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Ok men for langt og kedeligt

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Not exactly easy listening Jazz. It's difficult to listen to and was apparently difficult for the musicians too. You'll get occasional slabs of "standard jazz" but then dissonant notes, weird time signatures will make an appearance. Not for everyone: Best Tracks: Brilliant Corners; Ba-Lue Boliver Ba-Lues-Are; Bemsha Swing

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Yummy jazz

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Not heard before. I don’t really have the tools to “analyse” jazz. I also need to listen multiple times. I enjoyed it enough that I will do so, but can’t really rate it fairly until I have.

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Maybe

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Liked it…. Jazz is easy listening

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Not one I would ever have just chosen to listen to, but I quite enjoyed it. Look forward to hearing more jazz, and learning more about it

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All I knew about Thelonius Monk was he was a pianist. Quite pleased by the amount of horns. Pretty good. Enjoyed myself

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Nice background music and I get that Thelonious is amazing - just not my listening to music cup of tea

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Don't really know how to speak intelligently about jazz. But I liked this. Highlights: Pannonica; I Surrender, Dear; Bemsha Swing

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I love the name but it was the sort of album where the racks were indistinguishable from each other. Easy listening, alright

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6/10

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Easy, peaceful, melodious Thelonious at his finest.

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Don’t know why, but I was never able to get in sync with Monk’s music, not to the same level I dig many of his compatriots.

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It get's a bit boring after a while

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Nice.

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3/5, idk

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6/10

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Loved it. Fresh sounding and laid back, really beautiful compositions, not veering too far into free jazz mumblings, full of joy and groove

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Jazzin good time

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Loved it.

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Soulful tunes, very lounge style musical feeling.

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It's not my kind of music.

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The almighty Thelonious CLUNK. Inimitable voice on the piano.

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good enough

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Bin leider nicht in Jazz drin, aber ist cool. Verlangt aber, dass man es aufmerksam hört, insofern glaube ich wäre es viel krasser live als in Albenform. Dass der erste Track aus mehreren Sessions zusammengestückelt ist, ist schier unglaublich. Hat mehr verdient aber hoffe noch auf Jazz-Releases, die mehr klicken bei mir!

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Über Jazz schreiben ist immer so schwer weil ich denk ich bin dem Ganzen nicht gewachsen, auch wenn ich mittlerweile doch einiges kenne. Gerade bei so klassischem Bop Zeug ist das so. Es fällt mir schwer da distinkt drüber zu schreibe. Fand interessant wie vermutlich Sonny Rollins am Saxophon hier oft im Vordergrund statt, außer "I surrender, Dear" war das Piano gar nicht so stark im Vordergrund. Max Roach am Schlagzeug hat auch ein sooo geiles Solo, junge junge. Das Album hat mich sehr an meine Kindheit erinnert, meine Eltern haben sowas öfter mal gehört. War wirklich nett aber krass was mit mir gemacht hat es auch nicht. Es ist die dreiigste drei die man geben kann von meiner Seite.

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Meine Aufzeichnungen wurden gelöscht u kann mich nicht mehr im detail erinnern sorryy

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jazz

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kA hat mich irgendwie nciht so wirklich gecatcht, war aber auch aus irgendwelchen gründen noch nie so der mega monk fan. aber trotzdem solide und kann man sich gut anhören

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Hab bis jetzt wirklich quasi keinen Jazz gehört, kann deswegen auch glaub ich nicht wirklich zwischen gut und schlecht unterscheiden, aber ich fand das unterhaltsam und würde das definitiv nebenbei hören auch für soziales miteinander. Haut mich jetzt aber auch nicht um oder löst groß was in mir aus. Was wirklich differenziertes kann ich aber eben nicht sagen, dafür fehlt mir das verständnis

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Das ist schwer einzuordnen für mich aber es war enjoyable! Den ersten Song kannte ich von nem Dos Monos-Sample was echt super inkooperiert wurde, jetzt wo ich das Original höre 6/10

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Groovy

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A good if not wholly memorable jazz LP. The performances are fluid and graceful, just not anything I think will stick in my memory.

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Reminds me of peanuts

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Bom.

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25th March 2022 Listened in the morning on the way back from the gym then finished in the office. When I was younger I wanted to be a suave man about London, in a high powered job listening to this sort of music. It reminded me of that.

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This was just average. Nothing really blew me away here, and it did not exceed my expectations.

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I like Monk, but this isn’t my favourite stuff.

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This was easy to listen to. Felt like I could have been relaxing in a big book shop or coffee shop

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A great jazz record. I would LOVE this if I was listening to it in a gloomy jazz bar in Chicago, or Harry Bosch's glass shoebox apartment overlooking LA. Since I listened in my very nice UK suburban kitchen, I merely very much enjoyed it. 65 years old and timeless. 3.5/5

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Jazz. Nice.

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Monk est parmi mes jazzmans préférés. J'adore la pièce Brilliant Corners.

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The kind of stuff that you hear in coffee shops and boutique stores. For me, this music is good in those contexts, but not much else.

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How to compare this with a Byrds album, for example? Pushing the limits of 'popular music' as the subject of this list? Anyway - I enjoyed it.

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Yep, that’s jazz alright

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Nice to hear some jazz for a change

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Not the kind of instrumental music I really enjoy

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Too much Jazz

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2-3

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deve ser bom pra quem tá familiarizado e curte o gênero... considerei música ambiente e olhei pra ver quanto tempo faltava pra acabar várias vezes... sou pleb pra jazz. não é minha praia não

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no noodling

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The Amazon Prime music version has one song clocking in at 42 minutes. The Allmusic description has 6, roughly at 42 minutes? I could have this on endlessly, but I'd probably listen to it once a year.

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*shrugs* could be ace but i'm far from the gadge to judge. I did find it frustrating that once it hit a wee groove it quickly jumped away from it.

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Jazz plus jazz equals jazz

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Another Jazzy effort. Not unenjoyable but doesn't really do anything for me. The highlight is Track 2 that sounds like Cruella DeVille's theme from Disney's 101 Dalmatians.

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Boring. Jazz is boring.

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I listened to the first track and half each of the next two. It's not that it sounds really horrible (although it does sound completely improvies), but it's way too distracting for work.

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Part of me wishes I could get on-board with jazz but I just find it stressful more than anything. Bits of this sounded like a bunch of guys trying to learn their instruments for the first time. Best track: Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

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It stirred nothing. Like LD and the ocean I feel like I'm missing something.

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I like my jazz that comes with a strong northern Irish accent, this wasn't that.

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Not a jazz guy but I’ll admit I was more productive than usual while listening.

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Fuck yeah. Finally some jazz. Let's do this. I'm listening to it in the background while I'm working and so far halfway in it's not really grabbing me. I don't know if this is something I'd play a lot on my own tbh. Overall I don't think I'd listen to this again.

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Jazz is boring.

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I don't care much for jazz. Then the album goes to a folk song for some reason then back to jazz. There's no need to listen to it again.

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low key jazz band. 2.5/5

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This is the kind of jazz I like. Slow, groovy, and you can just chill with it.

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Jazz club…nice!

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Hated it

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nahhhh not my thing

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Jazz has no logic. I challenge you to remember any melody from any of the songs you just heard...

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Was this an album? I don't know. I liked a lot of the jazz solos, it was very impressive. But I can't see myself coming back to this. I appreciate this because it paved the way for the music that we hear today - but it is very old, very outdated. Impressive, but not exciting. 5/10

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Not in the mood for this today.

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I don't like this style of jazz.

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Jazz records are still eluding me. I understand why one would want to go see jazz performed, but I'm not sure why people want to sit and listen to jazz records. I've heard of Thelonious Monk enough to know he's gospel to the jazz world. This is another album I am sure I heard on repeat in a Starbucks in the early 2000s when I was studying for college exams. It's all good. I mean, nothing to hate here - just background music for sure. Also reminds me of Ryan Gosling's character in La La Land.

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2/5 for some reason this kind of jazz was not of my taste

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it's jazz!!

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Jazz d'ascensor

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Jazz not my thing

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It’s just… not that fun to listen to. The first song was almost painful. This may have historical relevance, but the enjoyment was not there.

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You know...I'm sure this is good, but I still just don't get this kind of jazz. The off-beat notes make me...uncomfortable.

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Well thank god that's over.

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Jazzy jazz be doop a doop doop.

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Not my taste

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Nope...I am not a Jazz fan.

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Maybe some percussion stuff was cool, but nothing about this album makes we want to listen to a single track ever again

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jazz

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Yeah, no thanks. I like Jazz too!

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Not for me

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Not my thing

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This jazzy bop type of album is great to put on in the background, but it's not my type of music so it didn't appeal to me.

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Not through lack of trying but I just couldn’t get into this. For me the music just didn’t flow, constant change of tempo and beat made the music feel very disjointed.

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The only Jazz I like is the Queen album.

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jAzZ 🤦‍♀️

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Hated it

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A hate crime

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Not my thing, bit stressful . A lot of the songs sounded like the Cruella Deville theme song

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no jazz pfff

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Not my style

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Not the kind of jazz that I can appreciate.

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Well, this was fun. Not. Sorry, really not my type of music. It feels like elevator music and I didn't even notice when the album was over because Spotify just moved on to another album. Just music for the background that I couldn't bring myself to pay attention to.

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No, 1001 Albums, I won't let you do this to me, I refuse! Someone took some instruments, threw them into a washing machine, and set it to spin. They then took the result, threw it out of a tenth floor window, where it landed on some musicians and recording equipment. This is the result. I lasted ten minutes, much longer than I thought I could, or should have. This disorganises my thoughts and it hurts. It is not for me. Just no!

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Just wanted it to stop

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