These CDs are best played when you have the time and space to fully appreciate the mastery of the man.
Like all great musicians and thinkers, the ellipsis between the sounds or the words, are as important as the music or the text. The silence acts as a conduit for the listener or reader to fill in a way that is most creative.
Few artists have this majestic capacity. Monk has. These CDs are a conversation between Monk, the instrument and with the listener. And what a conversation! I emerge from the exchange, enhanced by the experience and with a a sense of privilege, to be in such company.