7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2008
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
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 !