- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Paras Recording
- ASIN: 5555137915
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Audio CD, Import, Limited Edition, October 9, 2015
Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, October 17, 1990
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Top Customer Reviews
The second reason to buy this l.p. is that, compared to other vinyl, it's a great price. Let's support that and urge Amazon to carry more of this kind of high-quality, reasonably priced vinyl.
Much has been said already about Johnny Griffin. I personally agree, but that is subjective. Also, back when this was first released the rhythm section was criticized for not measuring up to a different one with whom Monk worked. I personally disagree, but that, too, is subjective. Let the sound samples on this page guide you. There is sufficient time in the short snippets to get a good idea of what this album is all about. If you are a fan you've probably worn out a few copies of this album already. If you are just discovering Monk, the sound samples convey some general information, but the whole performances on each track are indeed special. There is a lot of interplay happening, and Monk is totally engaged on this small stage.
Although the spotlight is on Monk and Griffin. Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Roy Haynes on drums deserve a lot of credit as well. True, the critics were not enamored of their performance when this album was first reviewed in 1959, but I think their contributions have stood the test of time. Both - to my ears - are the perfect rhythm section for this gig.
This album was recorded live for Riverside Records at the Five Spot Cafe in NYC on August 7, 1958 and released in 1959. It is one of the seminal albums in Monk's body of work and belongs in every serious fan's collection. It truly is a masterpiece and is Monk at his best.
- John Cleese
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Misterioso is one of my favorite Monk pieces, but the other tunes on the album are great, too.Published 15 months ago by E. Kimball
Johnny Griffin has a lot of mistakes,so I think <Monk in Action>better(Maybe I can say PERFECT!)This Album‘s <LET'S COOL ONE> is great,You should listen to it.Published 21 months ago by JIALE WU
A wonderful expression of acoutic guitar in a new age fashion and presented by an extremely tight band. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Rob Pizza
i purchased the music in the MP3 format because i wanted to download the song Misterioso to use in class with my elementary school students. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Nata Haha
While Thelonious Monk made a series of highly publicized tours of North America
and Europe in 1957, he had turn the New York jazz circuit upside down with his club... Read more