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TheloniousSphereMonk | Monk’s Dream [Classic Modern Jazz] Artist of The Week

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Sphere Monk was 45 when he began work in 1962 on Monk’s Dream, his first recording for a big mainstream label. Thus, the 8 tracks here, a mixture of Monk originals and standards, present the bop pianist at a career peak, documenting music that is both challenging and immediately accessible. Playing with his touring quartet, Monk makes each song his own, finding a typically quirky melody line within the romance of “Body and Soul” or the swing of “Bright Mississippi.” Tenor saxman Charles Rouse adds some soothing horn soloing, but it’s Monk’s bright, intuitive playing that makes this a late bop milestone. Timeless. – Amazon.com/Steve Appleford