This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Brilliant Corners

Thelonious Monk

1957

Brilliant Corners

Album Summary

Brilliant Corners is a studio album by American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. It was his third album for Riverside Records, and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions. The complex title track required over a dozen takes in the studio.

Wikipedia

Rating

3.34

Votes

4593

Genres

  • Jazz
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
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."

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
1

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.

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
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!!

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
4

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*

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
2

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.

👍
View Author
5

Great classic Jazz album. Some songs recognized as samples

👍
View Author
5

Love some Jazz!

👍
View Author
5

Go listen to Pannonica right now.

👍
View Author
5

Left you wanting more!

👍
View Author
5

My favorite jazz album of all time

👍
View Author
5

I love Theloniois Monk.

👍
View Author
5

Can’t not give this 5 stars.

👍
View Author
5

Jazz is Monk

👍
View Author
5

Puro jazz, seco y sobrio. Grande.

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

(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

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

Love this album

👍
View Author
5

Хорош, захотел его на пластинке

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

Excellent, a jazz classic and wonderful!

👍
View Author
5

Jazz essentials! Feels like I’m in von maur

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
5

6 stars

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
5

Extraordinary

👍
View Author
5

Great drumming

👍
View Author
5

Great jazz album! Easy listening!

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

Awesome jazz. Some great solos, very relqxing

👍
View Author
5

Mmmmm... tasty.

👍
View Author
5

Smooooooth. Drums are impeccable.

👍
View Author
5

Brilliant Corners = brilliant music. 5 🌟

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
5

Great TM album in every aspect.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
5

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

👍
View Author
5

prata fina

👍
View Author
5

piano based jazz

👍
View Author
5

I mean, if you need a jazz album in reserve to play and look cool at that kind of dinner party, this is it.

👍
View Author
5

jazzao muito agradável

👍
View Author
5

It’s Monk! 5 stars! Not my personal favourite Thelonious Monk album, but still a bebop classic.

👍
View Author
5

An all-time favorite.

👍
View Author
5

Unreal! The best guitarless jazz i've ever heard (as a guitarist nothing can top Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass for me).

👍
View Author
5

Loved it.

👍
View Author
5

This guy's corners are brilliant.

👍
View Author
5

First listen.

👍
View Author
5

Monk really is a king of harmonies and “good-sounding” dissonances. A masterclass album. Plus, Sonny Rollins is on fire ! Love the whole album especially the wonderful blues Ba Lue Bolivar Ba Lues Are.

👍
View Author
5

It's Monk.

👍
View Author
5

this is extremely my shit

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

Nice to wok by

👍
View Author
4

Started listening - very jazzy. Did not finish.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

Clean jazz is always appreciated

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

duplicate

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

Rett og slett god jazz. mye artig påfunn.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

good

👍
View Author
4

Brilliant bit of jazz

👍
View Author
4

Ya like Jazz?

👍
View Author
4

Sick

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
4

Nice clarinet work by theo

👍
View Author
4

Done.

👍
View Author
4

Easy 4/5

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

Really chill vibes

👍
View Author
4

Ya like jazz?

👍
View Author
4

Very much enjoyed 3.5/3.7?

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

bussin

👍
View Author
4

Legendary

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

A real discovery!

👍
View Author
4

Very good and rather challenging.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

Nice background, need lyrics tho

👍
View Author
4

Some good jazz music

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

Better than what I had heard from him.

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

Cool jazz!

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

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...

👍
View Author
4

Puro jazz.

👍
View Author
4

Sounds completely modern despite coming out in the 50s

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

Mournful at times. Elegiac.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
4

That was some smooth jazz.

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
4

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

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
4

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😅

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
4

A bit haunting

👍
View Author
4

Didn’t mind the jazzy sensation

👍
View Author
4

veisla

👍
View Author
4

Strong, solid jazz album like most of them are from this era. It’s ambitious and incredibly played, but the deliberate dissonance may be off-putting for some. Personally though, I dug it.

👍
View Author
4

i love jazz, i always enjoy it. this album was one of the best jazz records i've listened to. if you didn't like it then i think you just don't understand jazz very much.

👍
View Author
4

Top jazz pianist, goede chaos

👍
View Author
4

this being monk's first album of his own arrangements is incredible. the record companies should have been letting him do that from the start! this album is a wonderful piece of art! monk clearly had a gift with jazz and the piano. the composition of each piece really boggles my mind. an impressive, enjoyable album. should be a good one to listen to while working.

👍
View Author
4

Good stuff

👍
View Author
4

Very cool. Surprised me

👍
View Author
4

Cool stuff.

👍
View Author
4

I’m a total jazz n00b. I have no clue how to evaluate this album, other than to say it was pleasant to listen to during my Sunday brunch. That seems to equate to a 4 star rating.

👍
View Author
4

Nice and jazzy

👍
View Author
4

Funcionou muito bem para criar um clima com o jazz clássico instrumental.

👍
View Author
4

Lovely album and good fun

👍
View Author
4

Thelonius Monk has the oddest sense of melody and timing. So mysteriously compelling. A sweet spot for progressive jazz.

👍
View Author
4

Great music.

👍
View Author
4

monk digs into his hard hitting style with sax to match, although not as innovation and melodic as some of his others

👍
View Author
4

Mmmmmmm nice

👍
View Author
4

Jaaaazz. Nice!

👍
View Author
4

Heel vrolijke jazz. Leuk plaatje

👍
View Author
4

Instrumental Jazz

👍
View Author
4

Fun rambling trumpet, pretty good jazz album

👍
View Author
4

The smell of sweat and whiskey interweaves with the tobacco smoke hanging thick from the low ceiling of the basement club. The society princess has escaped her ivory tower for the evening. A cigarette dangles from her refined fingers as she holds court with the proletariat at her table. Their whispered tones speak of freedom and rebellion and a world different from their parents'. The beat poets are here tonight. They're here every night now. They fill the breaks in the music with the syncopated rhythms of their words. And the people snap their fingers in mute acknowledgement of the poets wisdom. But it's the music they all come for. The music is where the energy and inspiration comes from. The music is what unlocks their doors, takes down their walls, and creates the avenues for their creative thought. Tomorrow, they will all be back in their little boxes, defined by others or external circumstances. But tonight?Tonight, they fly free on the wings of the music.

👍
View Author
4

4.75

👍
View Author
4

Good jazz music. Sorry you’re putting me on the spot I before I had a chance to actually listen to it.

👍
View Author
4

What a powerhouse band. Listening to Sonny Rollins and Clark Terry work with Monk and his intricate syncopations is a joy.

👍
View Author
4

Great jazz album

👍
View Author
4

Good jazz

👍
View Author
4

Brilliant like the title says

👍
View Author
4

My first time listening to Monk. This is a great jazz album really enjoyed it.

👍
View Author
4

Wunderbar

👍
View Author
4

Jazz always gets 4 stars

👍
View Author
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

👍
View Author
3

Iz jazz

👍
View Author
3

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.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
3

not my thing. Didn't finish the album.

👍
View Author
3

nice jazz

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
3

🎹👅

👍
View Author
3

No songs really killed it for me.

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

Semibängeri Skön jazz

👍
View Author
3

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.

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

Sin voz.

👍
View Author
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.

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

Pretty cool despite not being my bag

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

old school piano jazz

👍
View Author
3

Frantic jazz , good I guess

👍
View Author
3

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.

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

Decent jazz

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
View Author
3

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

👍
Load more reviews