Brilliant album, although by some opinions not essential in the magnificent Thelonious Monk's opus, contains strong trio and quartet performances by the group that includes the great Charlie Rouse, another voice of the leader's musical mind,and equally impressive and coherent bass and drums players...
For the reasons of variety and additional spice, Jon Hendricks' vocal on In Walked Bud (a true jazz-standard) is well executed and very wellcome, although it doesn't elevate the band's performance as I have hoped. However, not much elevation is needed here.
This album is a pure joy and as for the cover... Well, see for your self. Where can I buy a poster of this picture?
p.s. if you buy the edition with bonus tracks, it's neither a plus nor minus in the overall picture.