Thelonious Monk: Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonious Monk (piano)
Thelonious in Action – Live at the Five Spot (Riverside 12-262)
Composed by Thelonious Monk.
Recorded: live at the Five Spot Café, New York, August 7, 1958
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Monk had a huge influence on me as a composer and player. This album gives us some insight into what it might have been like to hear him play live. I never had the chance. Although not one of my favorite tunes (considering the depth and genius of his catalog), this track highlights some of music's most brilliant artists throwing down in a little club. A treasured peek into jazz history.
Reviewer: Ben Allison (for Desert Island Dozens)
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