- "Brilliant Corners" (7:42)
- "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are" (13:24)
- "Pannonica" (8:50)
- "I Surrender, Dear" (5:25)
- "Bemsha Swing" (7:42)
- Thelonious Monk: piano, celesta
- Ernie Henry: alto saxophone
- Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone
- Oscar Pettiford: double bass
- Max Roach: drums, timpani
- Clark Terry: trumpet
- Paul Chambers: double bass
- Album Title Drop: "Brilliant Corners"
- Alliterative Title: "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are".
- Cover Version: "I Surrender Dear", a Bing Crosby song.
- Epic Rocking: The 13:24 Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are.
- Instrumental: The entire album is instrumental.
- Face on the Cover: Thelonious' face is even seen several times.
- Mirror Self: Several mirror reflections of Monk appear on the album cover.
- One-Word Title: "Pannonica"
- Record Producer: Orrin Keepnews, without whom the album wouldn't have been completed. The title track "Brilliant Corners" is ferociously hard to play, and at one point Keepnews noticed that he couldn't hear Oscar Pettiford's bass, only to recognise that Pettiford had given up trying to play the tune and was only pantomiming. They never managed to record a complete take of it. The one on the album was edited together by Keepnews from multiple takes.
- Something Blues and Spell My Name with an "S": "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-Are", is Monks exaggarated pronunciation of Blue Bolivar Blues.