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Misterioso Limited Edition, Import

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Pid
  • ASIN: B008H7HVPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some fantastic live music that makes you feel as if you are in a smoky 1950's jazz cellar. It doesn't get better than this.
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Suberb pressing, essential Monk
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95e958f4) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95144438) out of 5 stars Let's have more affordable vinly like this! 28 Jun. 2013
By W. A. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
If you're a fan of either Thelonious Monk or vinyl records, this is a must have. First because it's Monk it top form. The six tracks, recorded live at the Five-Spot, are deep, soulful, tunes that stick in your head. And full of Monk's signature humor.

The second reason to buy this l.p. is that, compared to other vinyl, it's a great price. Let's support that and urge Amazon to carry more of this kind of high-quality, reasonably priced vinyl.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94fd2030) out of 5 stars A tremendous fan! 17 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Travelling through the states recently I stumbled across this smashing group. Truly astounding musical craftsmanship. I couldn't recommend these chaps more.
- John Cleese
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952d3d5c) out of 5 stars Captures the magic 4 Aug. 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
This album captures the magic of a venue with its own personality, a synergistic ensemble and excellent recording and remastering. Note, this is the 20-bit remaster from 1989. There is a much later one with more bonus tracks from a different performance. Either this or that one are essential for Monk fans.

Much has been said already about Johnny Griffin. I personally agree, but that is subjective. Also, back when this was first released the rhythm section was criticized for not measuring up to a different one with whom Monk worked. I personally disagree, but that, too, is subjective. Let the sound samples on this page guide you. There is sufficient time in the short snippets to get a good idea of what this album is all about. If you are a fan you've probably worn out a few copies of this album already. If you are just discovering Monk, the sound samples convey some general information, but the whole performances on each track are indeed special. There is a lot of interplay happening, and Monk is totally engaged on this small stage.

Although the spotlight is on Monk and Griffin. Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Roy Haynes on drums deserve a lot of credit as well. True, the critics were not enamored of their performance when this album was first reviewed in 1959, but I think their contributions have stood the test of time. Both - to my ears - are the perfect rhythm section for this gig.

This album was recorded live for Riverside Records at the Five Spot Cafe in NYC on August 7, 1958 and released in 1959. It is one of the seminal albums in Monk's body of work and belongs in every serious fan's collection. It truly is a masterpiece and is Monk at his best.
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HASH(0x954d72ac) out of 5 stars My introduction to Incendio 26 July 2001
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard Incendio outside of a movie theater in Mission Viejo, CA. I was immediatly drawn to their energetic sound. My kids loved them also. They were dancing in the middle of the crowd. I knew I HAD to buy the CD. I love it. Very crisp, very sharp. The fusion of middle eastern and flamenco guitars makes for an incredible feel. Great job!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e96f3c) out of 5 stars No mystery here, just an amazing pivotal live album with a reputation that continues to swell... 1 Jan. 2016
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
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Something new and unprecedented can take a while to sink in. So went the shockingly original music of jazz pianist Theolonious Monk, which had not gained much mainstream attention before the release of the groundbreaking "Misterioso" in 1958. That would all change in the coming years as Monk eventually found himself one of the most popular jazz artists of the 1960s. At his peak, Time Magazine even featured him on its cover. Prior to that, he had to deal with the probably satisfying but also equally frustrating status of "critics darling." Insiders praised his innovation and technical prowess, but most considered him "too difficult" or "too out there" for mass public consumption. The less than stellar sales of his recordings at the time reflected this conundrum. Riverside, the record label that would finally lead Monk to the recognition many thought he greatly deserved, kept a steady stream of Monk albums flowing into the market between 1955 and 1961. Monk's eventual success remains all the more impressive since, during his slow introduction to the public at large, his music continued to develop and arguably became even more complicated and wild with age. All of this while navigating the unfriendly racial politics of the time. By the time his performances filled concert halls, he had absolutely mastered the application of dissonance and angular melodic themes to a framework of cool bebop. "Misterioso," recorded at the legendary Five Spot Café, captures these musical and stylistic developments as well as a thunderous and unforgettable live performance.

One of Monk's most endearing numbers, the aptly named "Nutty," opens the recording complete with its plummeting down the stairs piano riffs and precisely places dissonant harmonies. Saxophonist Johnny Griffin provides an appropriately dizzingly frenetic solo. Opinions concerning his performance on "Misterioso" have divided critics and fans to the present day, as he often incorporated popular melodies into his solos. Some felt that his style clashed with Monk's. Time seems to have redeemed Griffin as this album gradually acquired acclaim as a classic. Also, more recent listeners not familiar with the now aged repertoire he quoted from may find these infusions much less distracting. The audience that night definitely appreciated Griffin's playing. They even react more enthusiastically to his solos than to Monk's. In more than one instance, the band quits playing altogether and lets Griffin take the entire spotlight. "Blues Five Spot," apparently composed for this album and the café that birthed more than one jazz legend, features the first time Griffin steals the show unaccompanied. No applause whatsoever greets the end of Monk's riveting solo and the transition into one of the album's few bass and drum solos, both of which result in tentative applause. The art of improvisation feels almost lost in today's music world, so listening to a live recording brimming with real on the spot unedited improvisation exudes an almost unfamiliar excitement. "Let's Cool One" bops gently with its staccato melody and laid back beat. Once again, right in the middle of the song, the band stops and concedes the floor to Griffin. He delivers a mesmerizing and passionately wailing solo. The applause-o-meter rises another notch.

"In Walked Bud," one of Monk's many contributions to the jazz canon, presents its addictive melody and leads right into a mind-bending saxophone solo. Monk's solo culminates in notes that fall like hard rain from the top to the bottom of the keyboard. Bass and drums once again receive small spaces for solos. The boppy theme's refrain explodes with pinpoint accuracy and Monk blasts the piano with a firework-style tone cluster. "Just A Gigolo," the album's only cover, gives Monk the stage for a beautiful and peaceful solo performance. Perhaps the applause was removed, but this wonderful number seems to meet with total silence. The title track brings back the rest of the band to navigate this song's intriguing melodic structures, which evoke an indescribable dreamlike imagery. This may represent the finest recording of this beguilingly beautiful song. Given the limitations of vinyl, the original album ended here. A later age with a greater recording capacity added on excellent performances of "'Round Midnight" and "Evidence." "Evidence" features Griffin's most jarring melodic infiltration when his solo suddenly bursts into a rousing rendition of "Skip To My Lou." An even later release and re-master also included "Bye-Ya/Epistrophy." All of these add up to nearly a half an hour of extra material. Technology can bite back, but here it definitely benefits.

Many consider "Misterioso" a game changing album for Monk. Finally, some argued, the glowing originality, personality and complicated beauty of Monk's music came through almost perfectly in a live recording. Some also claim that this album initiated the opening of the door to a wider popular acceptance of Monk's music. Though historical progressions don't always pivot easily upon single events, listeners today can still feel the energy of the performance that pounds out from this now almost sixty year old recording. Appreciation for physical mastery of a physical instrument, though still present, seems diminished in a digital age of auto-tuning and vocoders. "Misterioso" shows a quartet, physical instruments at every hand, approaching musical ecstasy in front of an intimate audience that often comes across as aloof or distant, but perhaps that represents that age's height of "cool." In any case, this album now occupies a place among Monk's best works and among the best recordings of twentieth-century jazz. The intervening, and still piling-up, years have only solidified the reputation of Thelonious Monk.
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