Sunday, May 28
The Thelonious Monk Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection (2012)
"In a sense, I understand why Thelonious Monk's albums on Columbia, recorded between 1962 and 1968, have been neglected. His earlier sessions, on Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside, were the ones where he introduced his classic songs, developed his eccentric style, and played with star-studded rhythm sections. The six quartet albums for Columbia feature a total of just six new Monk songs. And they find him playing with a working band of accompanists — no John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, or Roy Haynes here. Yet the Columbias — Monk's Dream, Criss-Cross, It's Monk's Time, Monk, Straight No Chaser, and Underground — are shamefully underrated, and the proof is in Sony's new six-CD boxed set from Sony, The Thelonious Monk Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection. ..."
New Yorker: The Best of Thelonious Monk
2012 September: Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, 2013 August: Five Spot Café, 2014 February: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, 2015 February: "Epistrophy" - Thelonious Monk / Kenny Clarke (1941), 2016 November: Underground (1968).