Triumphant 1957 concert that capped the quartet’s 5-month stint at the Five Spot, the making of Trane’s mature style.
The brilliant first sessions on Prestige, with Monk astounding in the company of the best bebop drummers.
One of the albums Riverside conceived as a way to soften the popular perception of Monk as edgy and difficult. It’s a beauty.
The title is perfect - this is sparkling, angular music, with Roach and Rollins on top form throughout.
From late 1962 and early ‘63, this is Monk’s second album on Columbia.
With Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums). And Jon Hendricks on a great vocal version of In Walked Bud.
Live in concert and — amazingly and magically — in practice.
From the gods.
From The Five Spot Cafe, in 1958, with Charlie Rouse, Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Roy Haynes.
1964 — with Charlie Rouse, Butch Warren and Ben Riley.
With Johnny Griffin at the New York club (in line between Coltrane and Charlie Rouse), originally released as In Action and Misterioso, plus some sextets with Donald Byrd.
His last Columbia, with the quartet plus eleven horns, guitar and percussion, led by Oliver Nelson through his own arrangements of several Monk masterpieces. A bit of a stretch, but T plays it cool, of course.
From 1961, featuring Charlie Rouse… though the stand-out is Just A Gigolo, by Monk solo.
With Art Blakey, Frank Foster and Sonny Rollins in 1953-4. A sublime Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; unmissable stuff like Hackensack. Sleeve artwork by Andy Warhol.