Lay for the Day 9th October
1956: on the day before his 39th birthday, Thelonious Monk convenes with Ernie Henry (alto sax), Sonny Rollins (tenor), Oscard Pettiford (bass) and Max Roach (drums) at Reeves Sound Studios in New York City to start work on his third album for the Riverside label. Its two predecessors (Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington and The Unique Thelonious Monk) were trio sets and contained no Monk originals, exhibiting instead his inimitable piano style. Now the label was ready to present him as bandleader and composer. One master was recorded at this initial session, which would be the albums title track, Brilliant Corners.
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