The Absolute Sound Top Ten Vinyl Reissue of 2016!
180g High Quality Vinyl!
“I own a lot of Monk LPs, but this excellent live set had previously eluded me…The sound, if not ‘audiophile,’ is plenty good enough: clean and crisp, with a nice weight to the brass and percussion, and a real sense of rhythm and drive. Thank you Speakers Corner for this splendid reissue.” – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, October 2016 Read The Full Review Here!
Thelonious Monk could walk from his flat to New York’s famous Philharmonic Hall on the corner of 64th Street and Broadway when he made his very first appearance there with his Big Band in December 1963. And the other musicians could get there on the underground: Phil Woods, Steve Lacy, Thad Jones all of them were members of Monk’s closest circle of collaborators. It is no wonder then that the well-known themes were highly agreeable and harmonious. “I Mean You”, “Four In One” and “Epistrophy” resounded through the auditorium, the audience was thrilled, Thelonious laughed and danced and a short while later fans could listen to parts of the concert on a recording released by Columbia Records. In a break for a smoke, Monk sat himself down at the piano and played “Darkness On The Delta” nocturnal atmosphere pure.
Does it bear the patina of times long past? Absolutely not! Thelonious Monk is as red-hot as he ever was.