These electrifying sessions recorded in 1957(but not released until 1961) with pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonist John Coltrane feature the only three studio tracks by the Monk-Coltrane-Wilbur Ware-Shadow Wilson quartet that played at New York's Five Spot in 1957. In addition there are two Monk septet recordings with John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins(tenor saxes); Gigi Gryce(alto sax); Ray Copeland(trumpet); Wilbur Ware(bass) & Art Blakey(drums). Completing the album is a Monk solo blues 'Functional' plus the first recording of Monk & Trane together on 'Monk's Mood'.
The music is intense and powerful and Coltrane's playing evolved rapidly after his meeting with Monk.
This OJC remastered 2010 edition with notes by producer Orrin Keepnews is an absolutely essential album for any Monk or Trane enthusiast.