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  • 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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Something new and unprecedented can take a while to sink in. So went the shockingly original music of jazz pianist Theolonious Monk, which had not gained much mainstream attention before the release of the groundbreaking "Misterioso" in 1958. That would all change in the coming years as Monk eventually found himself one of the most popular jazz artists of the 1960s. At his peak, Time Magazine even featured him on its cover. Prior to that, he had to deal with the probably satisfying but also equally frustrating status of "critics darling." Insiders praised his innovation and technical prowess, but most considered him "too difficult" or "too out there" for mass public consumption. The less than stellar sales of his recordings at the time reflected this conundrum. Riverside, the record label that would finally lead Monk to the recognition many thought he greatly deserved, kept a steady stream of Monk albums flowing into the market between 1955 and 1961. Monk's eventual success remains all the more impressive since, during his slow introduction to the public at large, his music continued to develop and arguably became even more complicated and wild with age. All of this while navigating the unfriendly racial politics of the time. By the time his performances filled concert halls, he had absolutely mastered the application of dissonance and angular melodic themes to a framework of cool bebop. "Misterioso," recorded at the legendary Five Spot Café, captures these musical and stylistic developments as well as a thunderous and unforgettable live performance.Read more ›
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If you're a fan of either Thelonious Monk or vinyl records, this is a must have. First because it's Monk it top form. The six tracks, recorded live at the Five-Spot, are deep, soulful, tunes that stick in your head. And full of Monk's signature humor.

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.
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This album captures the magic of a venue with its own personality, a synergistic ensemble and excellent recording and remastering. Note, this is the 20-bit remaster from 1989. There is a much later one with more bonus tracks from a different performance. Either this or that one are essential for Monk fans.

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.
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By A Customer on November 17, 2000
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Travelling through the states recently I stumbled across this smashing group. Truly astounding musical craftsmanship. I couldn't recommend these chaps more.
- John Cleese
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Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin together, at their top of their game, playing a handful of mostly Monk tunes live. What more could you ask for? And at the price it is almost inexcusable for any real jazz fan to be without it.
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This album transports me back to when I saw Monk live in NY in the Village. I have to refrain from getting up and doing a little Monk dancing. Absolutely a must for anyone who knows or wants to be introduced to the genius of Thelonious.
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By A Customer on July 26, 2001
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I first heard Incendio outside of a movie theater in Mission Viejo, CA. I was immediatly drawn to their energetic sound. My kids loved them also. They were dancing in the middle of the crowd. I knew I HAD to buy the CD. I love it. Very crisp, very sharp. The fusion of middle eastern and flamenco guitars makes for an incredible feel. Great job!
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The combind work of Jim Stubblefield, J.P., and Liza Carbe is not only wonderful, it stands head and shoulders above much of what is out there in the world music scene. Passionate and firey, envoking and true to its name Misterioso is a must have CD.
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