Listen to “Nutty” from an upcoming live album by Thelonious Monk

From tapes that had been dumped into a skip.

You can now listen to “Nutty,” more than 50 years after Thelonious Monk performed it in Copenhagen.

The energetic standard—it also appears on Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane and Misterioso—is one of five tracks selected from recordings of a 1963 performance in the Danish capital. He was backed by one of his most critically acclaimed line-ups: Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, John Ore on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums.

Titled Mønk, the album was remastered from original tapes that were saved from certain oblivion when they were retrieved from a skip. It will be released September 28 on Gearbox Records with the blessing of Monk’s estate.


It’s been a good couple of years for Monk devotees. Just last year, music the bandleader recorded for the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1959 was released as a standalone recording for the first time ever.

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