An innovative and idiosyncratic pianist, Thelonious Monk has been hailed as one of Be-Bops founding figures, with unexpected melodic shifts and dramatic hesitation hallmarks of his work. Monk By Five is one of the lesser-known sessions recorded for Riverside in the late 1950s and is one worthy of a wider audience; it features the bright swing of the new Jackie-ing and the more dissonant Played Twice, alongside engaging revisits of Straight No Chaser, I Mean You and Ask Me Now, the interplay between Monk, cornetist Thad Jones and saxophonist Charlie Rouse especially noteworthy. Definitely worth investigating.
Limited and numbered to 500 copies - comes on CLEAR vinyl
1. JACKIE-ING 6:01
2. STRAIGHT, NO CHASER 9:16
3. PLAYED TWICE 7:55
4. I MEAN YOU 9:43
5. ASK ME NOW 10:43
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