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Rhino adds Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk to its growing list of jazz titans in the spotlight for Jazz Appreciation Month with the release of Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Deluxe Edition. In March, new anniversary editions of incredible albums by Charles Mingus (Mingus Three) and John Coltrane (My Favorite Things) were announced.
ART BLAKEY'S JAZZ MESSENGERS WITH THELONIOUS MONK (DELUXE EDITION) will be released on May 20 as a double-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and a double-CD.
The vinyl version comes in a replica of the original sleeve, which features photos from the era, including the cover art taken by Lee Friedlander, an award-winning photographer renowned for the portraits of jazz artists he took for Atlantic Records in the 1950s. The CD and LP versions of the deluxe edition include a newly remastered version of the 1958 album, plus unreleased outtakes on disc two.
On May 14 and 15, 1957, Thelonious Monk sat in with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to record a one-off album for Atlantic Records; Monk's lone appearance on the label. It was also his only recording with the Jazz Messengers, an ever-evolving collective led by drummer Art Blakey, who's joined on the album by Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and bassist Spanky DeBrest.