MONK AT NEWPORT 1963 & 1965
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.