These recordings from 1961 are the perfect place to start with Evans (as everyone must). Scott LaFaro on double bass — ten days before his death — is sublime. A jazz masterpiece.
Giddily lovely ballads from 1962, Chuck Israels taking over from Scott LaFaro.
That’s Nico on the cover.
The title is perfect - this is sparkling, angular music, with Roach and Rollins on top form throughout.
With Philly Joe and Max Roach, Wynton Kelly and Cedar Walton, the Turrentines, Julian Priester, Kenny Dorham and co, in 1959, her third Riverside. Curtain-up with a great version of Afro-Blue.
Intriguing 1958 line-up: Ray Draper on tuba, Booker Little, George Coleman, Art Davis.
Late sixties, with Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller and Freddie Hubbard up front.
One of the albums Riverside conceived as a way to soften the popular perception of Monk as edgy and difficult. It’s a beauty.