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As influential as he proved to be during the final decades of his lifetime, it appears that Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-82) has only gained greater stature in the years since his death. Once considered too eccentric and complex to be appreciated by listeners and other musicians, Monk has become a standard of excellence, as both composer and soloist, for those who seek to extend the jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Thelonious Monk Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000W1VA5Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dinah
2. I Surrender, Dear
3. Sweet and Lovely
4. North of the Sunset
5. Ruby, My Dear
6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
8. Everything Happens to Me
9. Monk's Point
10. I Should Care
11. Ask Me Now
12. These Foolish Things
13. Introspection [#]

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 7 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This weird Monk's solo outing is absolutely marvelous; entertaining and witty in a way one would expect from a Clark Terry live album, and yet still jagged, surprising, twisted and twisting, messing with harmonies tempos and rhythms in a way only this master could...

The opening song, "Dinah", much more common for the Fats Waller repertoire opens the album for a reason - it gives the listener some guidelines what to expect and how to take it. One of the most intelligent listeners to jazz tradition, Monk here gives brilliant, ironical but not mocking tribute to music (and, particularly, piano styles) of the past, performing few of his great originals as well...

I enjoyed this album immensely. You can buy it with or without bonus tracks; it's still great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al Dente on 19 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is quintissential Monk. To hear this solo piano by one of the great innovators in jazz is a great delight.
I had this album years ago and am now revisiting it - what I don't like are the added takes because the album was complete and perfect before and the experience of hearing the tracks once is rich enough - it's like eating a meal - you know when you're full !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AMarsh01 on 17 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great solo performances here, most in Monk's trademark stride style. Stand out tracks are Monk's versions of 'Dinah' and 'I'm Confessin'. Buy it now!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The best there's ever been 10 Dec. 2013
By Marian Warnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm going deaf and embedding great music in my mind with repetitions has become a quest. There's no one in jazz piano like Thelonius Monk. The very best there's ever been. SOLO he's well beyond incompaarable.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Best Monk Solo Abum 16 May 2013
By A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I could not believe the faint praise on amazon for this wonderfully playful Monk album. This is, IMHO, the most accessible release by Thelonious. The album contains a large number of jazz standards and some new compositions, but just a few of Monk's own classic compositions. Having said that, Dinah and I'm Confessin' sound absolutely full of life. You may also notice that Monk strides the left hand on most of the songs, adding to the old-time feel. (Many of those jazz standards were 30+ years old at the time of this release in 1965.) This is one to pick up, especially if you are new to jazz or Thelonious Monk. This is the best of his three solo albums, and ranks at the top of his Columbia LPs.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible 19 Feb. 2012
By richard 75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is just nothing I can't love about this album. Sweet and soulful and alittle fun too. Listening to it right now.
Monk Flies High in Sole Columbia Solo Record 7 July 2014
By Disink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Monk was challenging the status quo while saying nothing new on this very cool, fourth solo LP. In 1965, jazz was becoming more and more marginalized while simultaneously putting forward more Monk inspired free music and moving away from large labels. It would've been a good time to release a splashing new album of all new songs that sounded nothing like anything before, but that's not Monk's style, at least not in the mid-60s. Anyway, he was already busy: in 1964 he'd recorded two new albums, introduced a new band, been on the cover of Time magazine, and played sold out shows everywhere (two of them recorded and posthumously released). It was time to relax a bit, and he does that here. Seven of these songs are new to Monk, though two of them fit the solo record pattern of featuring improvised blues numbers (here that's "North of the Sunset" and "Monk's Point" which reflect "Functional" from Thelonious Himself: Keepnews Collection and two numbers from Alone in San Francisco (OJC Remasters)). The other five are fun stride pieces from Monk's youth, and these seven songs easily make up the most fun on any Monk album, solo or otherwise. "Dinah" alone will put a smile on any listener's face, and that's just the opening number.

There are also, of course, some returns to Monk's catalog, and the good news is that outside of a lovely "I Surrender, Dear", there's not much we haven't heard solo before. "Introspection", though not on the original album, is inspiring, but better is "Ask Me Now", an almost lost Monk ballad that is one of his best, played better here than anywhere. Ultimately, this was recorded over three relaxed sessions while Monk toured in 64 and 65, and is the first gasp of air in refreshing his Columbia career. The spark of energy here carries over to the albums that followed, and if this album didn't exactly tear up the charts, it is clearly a move in the right direction. Don't miss this flight!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unique jazz piano 26 Sept. 2011
By rschust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great recording at a great price via Amazon. Monk's playing is never simple but the kind that brings new pleasures and insights with each repeat. A unique disc.
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