'Round Midnight Playlist

By: Bill Milkowski

8 songs / 53:29

  1. 1 Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie / 'Round Midnight 08:23
  2. 2 Thelonious Monk Quartet / 'Round Midnight 09:38
  3. 3 Miles Davis All-Stars / Round About Midnight 06:13
  4. 4 Carmen McRae / 'Round Midnight 04:37
  5. 5 Eddie Daniels All Stars / Round Midnight 03:27
  6. 6 Joe Pass / 'Round Midnight 11:23
  7. 7 Billy Taylor Jazz All-Stars / 'Round Midnight 05:46
  8. 8 The Modern Jazz Quartet / 'Round Midnight 04:02

Thelonious Monk's most famous and oft-recorded tune, the moody ballad 'Round Midnight,' was written in 1941 and first recorded by the Cootie Williams Orchestra in 1944. Miles Davis played a famous version at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival (heard here) which led to a lucrative recording contract with Columbia Records later that year. It's been recorded over a thousand times. Hear eight brilliant versions culled from the Vault.