Thelonious Monk

In Walked Bud

Composed by Thelonious Monk

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This Thelonious Monk be bop thumper has two distinct lives. The title refers in name to Monk’s musical soul mate Bud Powell and has a performance history spanning Monk’s entire career. In fact, “In Walked Bud” was first recorded during the fall of 1947 sessions that yielded The Genius of Modern Music -- his first sides as a bandleader. Then in 1968, Jon Hendricks added some spontaneously conceived lyrics to a version ultimately located on Underground (1968) -- one of Monk’s final studio albums accompanied by a band.

The quirky chord progressions and highly percussive nature inherent in Monk’s performance style is suitably matched to the equally freewheeling and serendipitous melody. There is an undeniable playfulness within the otherwise meticulously crafted phrases and careful syncopations. Even on the earliest recordings, the unique arrangement and delivery that would become synonymous with the name Thelonious Monk seems fully developed and equally honed. His uncanny ability to drive the tune melodically between the notes and phrases is wholly evident. As Hendricks so poignantly observes in his lyrics, Monk has the almost sonically psychic talent of “takin’ that note [that] nobody wrote [and] puttin’ it down.” Both the instrumental and vocal “In Walked Bud” have been subject to a seemingly infinite number of cover versions. The oddly at ease melody and frenzied musicality has likewise made it one of Monk’s most recognized compositions, ranking alongside “’Round Midnight” and “Straight, No Chaser”.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 1952 Blue Note 2:54
At the Five Spot 1958 Prestige / Concord / Milestone 11:22
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall 1959 Fantasy / Concord / Riverside Records / Universal 7:09
Criss-Cross 1963 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:56
Underground 1968 BMG / Sony Music
No Image 1977 Blue Note
The Complete Riverside Recordings 1986 Concord / Fantasy / Riverside 7:08
Atlantic Jazz: Piano 1990
Various Artists
Rhino / Atlantic / Warner Bros. 6:32
The Best of the Blue Note Years 1991 Blue Note 2:54
Thelonious Monk and the Jazz Giants 1992 Riverside Records 11:24
San Francisco Holiday 1992 Decca / Universal Music 7:09
Round Midnight and Other Jazz Classics 1992 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:58
The Complete Blue Note Recordings 1994 Blue Note 2:56
Jazz Masters 1997 EMI 2:59
Jazz Profile 1998 Blue Note 2:56
1944-1948 1999 Jazz Archives (France) 2:56
Columbia Jazz: The Best of the 50's and 60's 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Genius 2000 Giants of Jazz / Giants of Jazz Recordings 2:57
Round Midnight [Prism] 2000 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 2:56
1947-1948 2000 Classics 2:56
The Riverside Tenor Sessions 2000 APO (Analogue Production Originals) 11:22
'Round Midnight [Definitive Classics] 2000 Definitive Classics
Bebop Spoken Here: Confirmation 2000
Various Artists
Proper Sales & Dist. 2:56
Bebop Spoken Here [Proper] 2001
Various Artists
Proper Sales & Dist. 2:56
The Columbia Years: '62-'68 2001 Sony Music Distribution
Monk's Mood [Arpeggio] 2001 Proper Box 2:56
Well You Needn't 2002 Jazz Hour 2:56
The Essential [EMI] 2003 Blue Note / EMI Music Distribution 2:56
No Image 2003 Blue Note / EMI Digital 2:53
Story of Jazz 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Introspection: The Complete '47-'52 Blue Note Sessions 2004 Birdland 2:56
Complete Blue Note 1947-1952 2004 The Jazz Factory
No Image 2004 Sony Music Distribution 6:49
The Very Best 2005 Blue Note 2:57
The Best of Thelonious Monk: Round Midnight 2005 Jazz Forever 2:57
The  Jazz Biography 2006 AAO Music 3:14
Ruby My Dear 2006 Original Jazz Standards 2:54
No Image 2006 Nocturne Records / BD Jazz 2:57
Round Midnight [Collectables] 2006 Collectables 2:58
Midnight Monk 2006 Primo Records 2:56
Wallet Box 2007 Document 2:58
Finest in Jazz 2007 Blue Note 2:56
Straight, No Chaser/Underground/Criss-Cross/Monk's Dream/Solo Monk 2007 Col / Columbia 6:49
Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2 [Happy Bird] 2007 Happy Bird 2:56
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Weton-Wesgram
The Evolution of an Artist 2008 BHM Productions 2:57
Live at Newport 1958-59 2008 Disconforme / Gambit / Gambit Records 9:49
The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection 2011 Big 3
Blue Monk [Chameleon] 2012 Chameleon 2:56
Unissued Live at Newport 1958-59 2013 In Crowd
Die Thelonious Monk Story: Musik & Bio 2014 BHM 2:57
'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles (1947-1952) 2014 Blue Note 2:58
The Complete Albums Collection (1954-1957) 2015 Enlightenment Series 2:56
No Image Rare Jazz Music Ltd 2:58
Eight Classic Albums Real Gone Jazz
Jazz Piano Masters, Vol. 6 Document 2:55
Monk's Moods: Misterioso Proper Records 2:56
When Be-Bop Was King Smith & Co. 2:55
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