Although Thelonious Monk is now considered one of the giants of jazz, up until his breakthrough in 1957 Monk's music was considered far too advanced and eccentric even for followers of bop. Therefore there are relatively few recordings of the pianist/composer during his early years outside of his Blue Note studio sides. This bootleg LP contains a rare broadcast from 1948 that finds him in a quartet with trumpeter ldrees Sulieman, bassist Curly Russell and drummer Art Blakey performing three songs in his unique style. In addition, this set has ten fine solos from pianist Art Tatum during the 195051 period and a rare version of "Blue 'N' Boogie" performed on Nov. 15, 1952 by an octet starring altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. This obscure release is well worth going out of one's way to acquire.
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