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Solo Monk -A Must

Although all of these tracks are also included on the Monk Alone collection, this album is a fantastic set that culls the best of all Monk's
solo Columbia work. While both albums are necessary for the Monk lover, this is the album those of us who actually remember the '60s bought
(or in my case, noticed because my brother was a Monk fan) and the only solo Monk set available for years. Although most of his catalog is
now out again, this is still the solo album I go to again and again, mostly due to the superb sound of the old Columbia recordings and
Monk's obvious comfort in his surroundings. Well worth the price, even if you already own the Monk Alone album...


Born: October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim. In fact, one of the more remarkable aspects of Monk's music was that it was fully formed by 1947 and he saw no need...
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