Thelonious Monk

Playlist: The Very Best of Thelonious Monk

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A concise 13-track survey of Thelonious Monk's years with Columbia Records in the 1960s, this set balances nicely between beautifully fractured solo piano ballads like “’Round Midnight,” “Just a Gigolo,” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and fascinatingly eccentric puzzle pieces like “Straight, No Chaser” and a live “Well, You Needn’t” that feature Monk with his classic 1960s quartet anchored by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Monk was Monk -- whether early, middle, or late in his career amounts to details.

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