Album review

Thelonious Monk

MONK AT NEWPORT 1963 & 1965

MONK

ALL COLUMBIA/LEGACY

Remastered with additional tracks, these three albums come from the beginning of Monk's contract with Columbia. In fact, Monk At Newport is effectively a new release since this 35-minute 1965 set is unlisted in standard discographies and was only stumbled upon recently by legendary producer Orrin Keepnews among a pile of old tape boxes. Monk's Dream is the pick of the bunch, Monk's first Columbia release and his career bestseller. Only a little less good, Monk has been unavailable for some time.

Rating: 3 / 10


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