I sometimes wonder if this was Monk's greatest recording. I have a lot of Monk, but not everything by a long chalk, so to be definite is impossible. It's without doubt a very fine album. Recorded in concert at the "Five Spot" in 1958 with Johnny Griffin (tnr), Ahmed abdul-Malik (b) and Roy Haynes (d). [I debate whether Griffin or Rouse is the better interpreter of Monk's music]. This is a very fine quartet, and Monk and Griffin play brilliantly. In the ten track programme here there are plenty of his "top tunes" e.g. "blue Monk", "Evidence", "Rhythm-n-ning" plus some rarely performed tunes such as "Coming On The Hudson".
Every Monk album is good, many superb...this is definitely in the latter category.