Happy Friday the Thirteenth! That's the name of the old Thelonious Monk composition that first appeared in 1954 on the great album Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins and that has been covered many times. This is the Steve Lacy version, with Roswell Rudd wah-wah-ing away, from the 1982 album Regeneration that All Music Guide to Jazz calls "the consensus album of the year in 1983." I assume they just mean jazz albums, because of course Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks came out that year. The CD isn't available new, but the album is available at the iTunes store for $5.94. Bob Burnett had this waiting in my inbox this morning, making a perfect start to the day.
Let's have a listen then.
(Thanks to Bob)
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Featured Comment by Wm. Mitchell: "Thank you for sharing. This made my afternoon! This is my first comment on your blog, but I am a longtime reader. I have the Monk and Rollins version on LP and CD and had not heard this recording. I feel refreshed."
Featured Comment by Paul Van: "It's bad luck to be superstitious."
Featured Comment by Pascal Suavé: "First time hearing that song. It's a brilliantly arranged dissonant piece but I'm still chuckling hours later since it kinda sounds like a really drunk New Orleans orchestra playing 'moody' music for yet another Twilight movie. P.S. Love the really blatty trombone—hilarious."