This three-disc set packages three of Thelonious Monk's early LPs for Riverside Records, Mulligan Meets Monk from 1957 and 5 by Monk by 5 and Alone in San Francisco, both of which were originally released in 1959. These are classic and stirring historic recordings that feature Monk in all of his fascinating (and sometimes baffling) approaches, from solo at the piano to quartet and quintet ensembles, and spotlight his brilliant, angular compositions that continue to reverberate through the jazz world some 60-plus years later.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
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