No, that’s not a typo in the title, but I did start a search for covers of the Thelonious Monk classic tune which is the most recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician.
Midnight is a magic hour, both a start and a finish and is generally quiet, except for drunken revellers at weekends and December 31st. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it less prosaically.
Midnight! The outpost of advancing day!
The frontier town and citadel of night!
The watershed of Time, from which the streams
Of Yesterday and To-morrow take their way,
One to the land of promise and of light,
One to the land of darkness and of dreams!
And jazz musicians have found ways to express it in different time signatures.
01. Port Said – Countdown to Midnight
02. Mary Lou Williams – Midnight Stomp
03. Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson – Midnight Call Blues
04. Tuba Skinny – Midnight Blues
05. Rod Harris Jr. – Midnight Blue
06. Trisum – Guitar in the Midnight
07. Al di Meola – Bianca’s Midnight Lullaby
08. Ralph Towner – Midnight Blue….Red Shift
09. Cosmic Groove Orchestra – Midnight Tango
10. Bruford-Levin Upper Extremities – Cracking the Midnight Glass
11. Terri Lyne Carrington w. Nguyên Lê – Burning of the Midnight Lamp
12. Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr – Midnight Walk (Track incorrectly labelled)
If you really want to hear sixteen different versions of the Monk classic, click here