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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B008H7HWHW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By MG Nagy on August 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Thelonious Monk created some of the most powerful music ever, regardless of genre. That power underscores an observation: I've never met a person who had a luke-warm or ho-hum opinion about his music. They either love it or hate it.

An artist that elicits that kind of a polarized response makes it hard for the curious. What if the newcomer picks up what is genuinely a bad record? If you don't have a Monk Fan handy, how do you know what makes a good introduction to his music?

Conventional wisdom says to get "Straight, No Chaser" on Columbia. That IS a great place to start, especially with the remastering job Sony did in 1996. They made a perfect record even better.

The problem that I have with the conventional wisdom is that "Straight" only tells half the story. If you are new to jazz in general or Monk's music in particular, you need Thelonious Himself. It is not only one of Monk's best, but it offers some essential, audible insight to jazz music as a whole.

While "Monk's Mood" (with John Coltrane and Wilbur Ware) alone is worth the price of admission, "Functional" and "All Alone" are sadly overlooked. The 22 minutes of Monk working out a solo version of "'Round Midnight," followed by the finished take are vital to understanding how Monk functioned as a composer and arranger. What comes through all the odd chords, phrasing, and tempos is some of the most organic (human) music I've ever heard.

To crib from the tray insert (Dom Cerulli, Down Beat): (five stars) Highly recommended.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rick Nye on November 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this album for a number of years, yet I've probably only listened to it about 20 times. The music on this album is so powerful that repeated listenings can diminish the effect of the music, relegating it to mere background music. This is by no means background music. This is music to listen to when your soul needs refreshing. I'm very careful about when I choose to listen to this album. By listening to it only when I need it, the music becomes more beautiful, more serene, more replenishing with each listening. Buy it and listen to it as soon as you can, without distractions. Then put it away. Listen to it only when you need to. And you'll know when that is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By poxy on August 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
this is a record that can change your harmonic life. people speak of monk but few really know what he did to turn the world of harmony on its ass. if you play piano, write songs. musician.. stop and absorb this. its gonna take you many many times to get it all but for me, this album right here will send your head around the moon and back again.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By McBurl Ives on October 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
monk is like the poetry of rilke - it's so dense and compact with ideas that absorbing it takes time and attention. this is a great album but i'd be careful giving it to kids: it might put their sense of time out, ruin them for the regular world forever...and you wouldn't want that
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