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Customer Reviews

Great recording!

This is a wonderful live recording. Monk is Monk, Charlie Rouse was really swinging. All cuts are great. In my recordings and in live performances I've seen, never have I seen the bassist and drummer been featured on every single tune--but that is the case with this recording. I have not been able to identify who they were, since any web page that notes this album does not provide that detail. Could they have been Larry Gales and Ben Riley? I'd love to know. But these are great performances, and one wonders why something that occurred in 1969 was not released until September 2008?


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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