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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Thelonious Monk CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Thelonious Monk albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Thelonious Monk record collection, Thelonious Monk CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

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They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Thelonious Monk Biography

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 ? February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. Known for his unique improvisational style and his numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire (including his classic works "'Round Midnight" and "Blue Monk"), Thelonious Monk is often regarded as a founder of bebop, although his playing style evolved away from the form. His compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists, and are impossible to separate from Monk's unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.

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Thelonious Monk Discography Updated January 2007
Thelonious Monk Albums

Thelonious Monk Vinyl & Thelonious Monk CDs

1947 More Genius Blue Note
1947 Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1
1948 Thelonious Monk/Milt Jackson Blue Note
1951 Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2
1952 Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols Savoy
1952 Monk's Moods Prestige
1952 The High Priest Prestige
1952 Blue Monk, Vol. 2 Prestige
1952 Thelonious Monk Trio Japanese
1953 Work Prestige
1953 We See Prestige
1953 The Golden Monk Prestige
1953 The Genius of Thelonious Monk Prestige
1953 Thelonious Monk Quintets Prestige
1953 Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Prestige
1953 Thelonious Monk Quintet Prestige
1953 Monk Tristar
1953 Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Prestige
1954 Blue Monk, Vol. 1 Prestige
1954 Thelonious Monk Original Jazz
1954 Thelonious Monk Trio Prestige
1955 Riverside Trios Milestone
1955 Pure Monk Milestone
1955 Plays Duke Ellington Riverside
1956 The Unique Thelonious Monk Riverside/OJC
1956 Brilliance Milestone
1956 Brilliant Corners Riverside
1956 Broken Hearted Blues Riverside
1957 Thelonious Himself Japanese
1957 Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane Milestone
1957 Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious... Atlantic
1957 New York with Johnny Griffin Atlantic
1957 Monk's Music Riverside
1957 Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Jazzland
1958 Blues Five Spot Milestone
1958 Misterioso Riverside
1958 At the Five Spot Milestone
1958 Discovery! Live at the Five Spot Blue Note
1959 Evidence France's
1959 In Person Milestone
1959 5 by Monk by 5 Riverside/OJC
1959 Thelonious Alone in San Francisco Riverside/OJC
1961 April in Paris Milestone
1962 Monk's Dream Columbia
1962 Always Know Tristar
1962 Criss-Cross Columbia
1964 It's Monk's Time Sony
1964 Solo Monk Sony
1966 Straight, No Chaser Columbia/Legac
1967 Underground Columbia
1968 Monk's Blues Columbia
1971 Something in Blue Black Lion
1971 The Man I Love Black Lion

Compilation Thelonious Monk Records and Thelonious Monk CD Releases

1947 The Best of the Blue Note Years Blue Note
1947 The Complete Blue Note Recordings Blue Note
1947 The Complete Genius Blue Note
1948 The Vibes Are On Chazzer
1952 Reflections, Vol. 1 Prestige
1952 Thelonious Monk Prestige
1954 Piano Solo Vogue
1954 The Art of the Ballad Prestige
1954 The Complete Vogue Recordings/The Black Lion... Mosaic
1955 The Complete Riverside Recordings Riverside
1955 The Thelonious Monk Story Riverside
1956 Straight, No Chaser: Thelonious Monk Sony
1956 Thelonious Monk's Greatest Hits Riverside
1957 'Round Midnight Milestone
1961 Standard Monk Bandstand
1962 The Composer Columbia
1962 The Essential Thelonious Monk Columbia
1963 Greatest Hits Sony
1965 The Thelonious Monk Story, Vol. 1 Riverside
1965 The Thelonious Monk Story, Vol. 2 Riverside
1971 The Complete London Collection Black Lion
1971 The London Collection, Vol. 1 Black Lion
1971 The London Collection, Vol. 2 Black Lion
1971 The London Collection, Vol. 3 1201 Music
1985 I Like Jazz: The Essence of Thelonious Monk Columbia
1989 Memorial Album Milestone
1990 Monktrane Fantasy
1992 Round Midnight and Other Jazz Classics EMI-Capitol
1992 San Francisco Holiday Milestone
1992 Thelonious Monk and the Jazz Giants Riverside
1993 Solo 1954 Vogue
1994 Essential Tristar
1994 Hackensack Drive
1996 Blue Monk Eclipse Music
1996 Jazz After Dark: Great Songs Public Music
1996 'Round Midnight: Hommage à Thelonious Monk Tristar
1996 This Is Jazz, Vol. 5 Sony
1997 Epistrophy Affinity
1997 Jazz Masters EMI Jazz
1998 Composer: Round Midnight Giants of Jazz
1998 Jazz Hour with Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2:... Jazz Hour
1998 Jazz Profile Blue Note
1998 Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo... Columbia/Legac
1998 Monkism Delta
1998 Sweet & Lovely Moon
1999 1944-1948 Jazz Archives
1999 Jazz Archives: Monk Century Vista
1999 Reflections Intercontinent
2000 1947-1948 Classics
2000 Complete Prestige Recordings Prestige
2000 Epistrophy Jazz Time
2000 Genius Giants of Jazz
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Columbia/Legac
2000 Les Incontournables Wea
2000 'Round Midnight Definitive
2000 Round Midnight Prism Leisure
2000 The Riverside Tenor Sessions Apo
2000 Thelonious Monk Prestige
2000 Thelonious Monk Trio/Blue Monk Vol. 2 Prestige
2001 Monk's Mood Arpeggio Jazz
2001 Riffin' Sony Special
2001 The Columbia Years: 1962-1968 Sony
2002 Criss Cross Proper
2002 Jazz Classics
2002 Nutty Past Perfect
2002 Paris at Midnight Varese
2002 'Round Midnight Past Perfect
2002 Transforms "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" Thelonious
2002 Well You Needn't Jazz Hour
2003 Higher Ground Thelonius
2003 The Essential Thelonious Monk Columbia
2004 Monk's Music Past Perfect
2004 Proper Introduction to Thelonious Monk:...
2004 A Proper Introduction to Thelonious Monk: Trinkle Tinkle Proper
2004 Monk's Music Past Perfect
2004 Blue Note Years, Vol. 2
2004 Story of Jazz EMI
2004 Monk's Mood/Well You Needn't Membran
2004 Jazz Moods: 'Round Midnight
2004 Introspection: The Complete '47-'52 Blue Note SessionsBirdland
2004 Complete Blue Note 1947-1952 Jazz Factory
2004 Monk 'Round the World Thelonious
2004 The Best of Thelonious Monk Riverside
2004 Trios Sony International
2005 The Very Best Blue Note

Live Thelonious Monk Vinyl and Thelonious Monk CD's

1952 Thelonious Monk and Joe Turner in Paris RCA
1958 Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five... Riverside/OJC
1958 Thelonious Monk Quartet Live in New York,... Thelonious
1959 The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Riverside/OJC
1960 At the Blackhawk Riverside/OJC
1960 Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two at the... Riverside
1961 Live in Stockholm Dragon
1961 Live in Stockholm, Vol. 1 Thelonious
1961 Live in Stockholm, Vol. 2 Thelonious
1961 Monk in Bern Magnetic
1961 Monk in Copenhagen Storyville
1961 Monk in France Riverside/OJC
1961 Monk in Italy Riverside
1961 The First European Concert Magnetic
1961 Two Hours with Thelonious Monk, Vol. 1 Riverside
1961 Two Hours with Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2 Riverside
1963 Big Band and Quartet in Concert Columbia
1963 Live at the Village Gate Prevue
1963 Monterey Jazz Festival '63 Mobile
1963 Spastic & Personal Alto
1963 Thelonious Monk 1963 in Japan Four Star
1963 Thelonious Monk Quartet Live in New York,... Thelonious
1963 Tokyo Concerts Sony
1964 Live at the It Club Sony
1964 Live at the Jazz Workshop Tristar
1964 Live at the Jazz Workshop Sony
1964 Live in Paris France's
1964 Live in Paris at the Alhambra France's
1964 Live in Paris, Vol. 1 Thelonious
1964 Live in Paris, Vol. 2 Thelonious
1965 Olympia (23 May 1965) Disc Trema
1965 Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 Malaco
1966 Live in Switzerland Jazz Helvet
1967 Live in Paris, Vol. 3 Thelonious
1967 Nonet: Live! Le Jazz
1967 On Tour in Europe Charly
1992 European Tour LRC
1994 The Paris Concert Le Jazz
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival, '63, Vol. 2 Mobile
1998 Live at the It Club: Complete Columbia/Legac
1999 Live: Olympia 6 Mars 1965, Pt. 2 Trema
1999 Olumpia 6 Mars 1965, Pt.1 Trema
1999 Olympia, 7 Mars, 1965 Trema
2000 1963 in Japan Prestige Elite
2000 Immortal Concerts: Five Spot Cafe, NY August... Giants of Jazz
2000 Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 2: March 7, 1965 Malaco
2001 Monk in Tokyo Sony
2002 After Hours at Minton's Definitive
2002 Live at Newport 1963 & 1965 Columbia/Legac
2002 Monk at Newport 1963 and 1965 Sony
2002 Paris: 14 November 1970 Get Back
2003 Monk in Paris: Live at the Olympia Thelonious

Thelonious Monk DVDs & Thelonious Monk Music Videos

Music in Monk Time Video and the
American Composer BMG Special
Monk in Europe Vidjazz
Japan & Europe: 1961-1963 Vidjazz
Thelonious Monk in Oslo Rhapsody Films
Straight, No Chaser Warner Home
Celebrating Jazz Pioneer

Thelonious Monk Music CD Appearances

Charlie Parker
Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate... (1945) Piano
Confirmation: The Best of the... (1946) Piano
Essential Charlie Parker (1949) Piano
Bird and Diz (1950) Piano
Bird: The Original Recordings of... (1988) Piano
Jazz 'Round Midnight: Charlie... (1991) Piano
Verve Jazz Masters 15 (1994) Piano
Bird's Best Bop on Verve (1995) Piano
Talkin' Bird (1999) Piano
From Dizzy To Miles (1999) Piano
Alternative Takes, Vol. 4: 1948... (2002) Piano
Greatest Verve Bop Quintets (2002) Piano
Lover Man (2002) Piano
1950 (2002) Piano
Quintets: 1945-51 (2002) Piano
Complete Onyx Recordings (2003) Piano
Complete Verve Master Takes (2003) Piano
Compact Jazz: Piano

Accademia Saxophone... Round Midnight Jazz (2000) Performer
The Art Ensemble of... Thelonious Sphere Monk: Dreaming... (1992)
Mildred Bailey/Red Norvo... Smoke Dreams (2000) Piano
Kenny Barron What If? (1986) Piano
Art Blakey/Thelonious Monk Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With... (1957) Piano, Performer
Art Blakey & Modern Jazz... Jazz Messengers/Blues at Carnegie... (1999) Drums
Art Blakey Incontournables (2000) Piano
Art Blakey Ken Burns Jazz (2000) Piano
Art Blakey/Thelonious Monk Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With... (2002) Piano
Claude Bolling With the Help of My Friends (1993) Performer
Don Byas Midnight at Minton's (1941) Piano
Mike Campbell One on One (1982) Performer
Charlie Christian Immortal Charlie Christian... (1939) Piano
Charlie Christian Solo Flight (1939-1941) (1939) Piano
Charlie Christian Harlem Jazz Scene (1941) (1941) Piano
Charlie Christian Jazz Immortal (1941) Piano
Charlie Christian Immortal Charlie Christian... (1993) Piano, Performer

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