Thelonious Monk

'Round Midnight [Milestone]

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This two-LP set mostly features baritonist Gerry Mulligan in a quartet with the great pianist Thelonious Monk, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson. Together they enthusiastically perform six songs (four by Monk along with Mulligan's "Decidely" and the standard "Sweet and Lovely") plus four long alternate takes. In addition, Monk is heard solo for nearly 22 minutes rehearsing "Round Midnight" before playing a six-minute version, so this two-fer is more for collectors than for general listeners.