Thelonious Monk

Brilliant Corners (Small Batch, One-Step Pressing)

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Thelonious Monk’s Brilliant Corners is the fifth release in Craft Recordings’ acclaimed Small Batch vinyl series. A landmark title in the pianist’s celebrated catalog, the 1957 album not only introduces several Monk originals, but also features an all-star line-up of talent, including Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, and Paul Chambers. This Small Batch pressing is limited to just 4,000 copies worldwide.

As with all albums in the series, Brilliant Corners features lacquers cut from the original tapes (AAA) by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using Neotech’s VR900 compound. This one-step lacquer process (as opposed to the standard three-step process) allows for the utmost level of musical detail, clarity, and dynamics while reducing the amount of surface noise on the record. The limited nature of these pressings guarantees that each record is a true representation of the original lacquer and is as close as the listener can get to the original recording.

Each copy is individually numbered and encased in a foil-stamped, linen-wrapped slipcase featuring an acrylic inset of the original artwork. The vinyl disc ­– extractable through a unique, frictionless ribbon pull tab – is housed in a reproduction of the album’s original tip-on jacket from Riverside Records and protected by an archival-quality, anti-static, non-scratching inner sleeve. New liner notes from the GRAMMY® Award-winning music historian, journalist, and producer, Ashley Kahn complete the package.

Released in April 1957, Brilliant Corners was transformative for Monk’s career, delivering him a major comeback. The album was met with wide acclaim, including from DownBeat’s Nat Hentoff, who proclaimed it “Riverside’s most important modern jazz LP to date.” In 2003, the album was among the first 50 recordings chosen for the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, while over the decades, Brilliant Corners has ranked regularly as an essential jazz title.

Please note, due to the limited nature of this pressing there is a per household limit of two copies. Product is excluded from discount code offers.

Side A
1. Brilliant Corners
2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

Side B
1. Pannonica
2. I surrender, Dear
3. Bemsha Swing

• Pressed using a one-step lacquer process at RTI utilizing Neotech’s VR900 compound
• All-analog mastering by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes
• Featuring liner notes from GRAMMY®-winning music historian, Ashley Kahn
• Housed in a foil-stamped, linen-wrapped slipcase
• Numbered and limited to 4,000