'Round Midnight (song)
"'Round Midnight" Song by Thelonious Monk Published 1944 Genre Jazz Composer Thelonious Monk
"'Round Midnight" is a 1944 jazz standard by pianist Thelonious Monk. Jazz artists Cootie Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, and Miles Davis have further embellished the song, with songwriter Bernie Hanighen adding lyrics. Both Williams and Hanighen have received co-credits for their contributions.
It is thought that Monk originally composed the song sometime in 1940 or 1941. However, Harry Colomby claims that Monk may have written an early version around 1936 (at the age of 19) with the title "Grand Finale". "'Round Midnight" is the most-recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician. In allmusic.com it appears in over 1000 albums. The song is also called "'Round About Midnight", as Miles Davis used this title for his Columbia Records album Round About Midnight (1957) that included a cover of the song based on Dizzy Gillespie's interpretation.
Monk recorded the song on the following albums: Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (first recording of the song by Monk); Thelonious Himself; Mulligan Meets Monk; Misterioso; Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk; Monk's Blues (bonus track).
Round Midnight Variations is a collection of variations on "'Round Midnight", composed by Roberto Andreoni, Milton Babbitt, Alberto Barbero, Carlo Boccadoro, William Bolcom, David Crumb. George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, Filippo Del Corno, John Harbison, Joel Hoffman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Gerald Levinson, Tobias Picker, Matthew Quayle, Frederic Rzewski, Augusta Read Thomas and Michael Torke.
- Gourse, Leslie. Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk. Schirmer Books, 1998. ISBN 0-8256-7229-5
Thelonious Monk Selected solo albumsGenius of Modern Music: Volume 1 · Wizard of the Vibes · Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 · Thelonious Monk Trio · Monk · Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins · Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington · The Unique Thelonious Monk · Brilliant Corners · Thelonious Himself · Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane · Monk's Music · Mulligan Meets Monk · Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall · The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings · Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk · Thelonious in Action · Misterioso · The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall · 5 by Monk by 5 · Thelonious Alone in San Francisco · Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk · Monk in France · Monk's Dream · Criss Cross · Monk in Tokyo · Miles & Monk at Newport · Big Band and Quartet in Concert · It's Monk's Time · Monk · Solo Monk · Live at the It Club · Live at the Jazz Workshop · Straight, No Chaser · Thelonious Monk Nonet Live In Paris 1967 · Underground · Monk's Blues As sideman Compositions Related articles
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