Thelonious Monk

Ruby My Dear

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Issued on the Fruit Tree label in 2006, this compilation presents legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk leading both a quartet and an octet on dates in Europe. Recorded during the late 1950s and early '60s, the era when mass popularity finally caught up with the innovative composer, these sessions feature Monk working with some of his most kindred musical spirits, particularly saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Charlie Rouse, agile players who instinctively mesh with Monk's fascinatingly off-kilter style (see the reflective title track).

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