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Original Album Classics
Genres: Jazz, Pop
2007 five CD set, a great installment in Sony/BMG's Original Album Classics series that brings together rare and out of print titles with some best sellers from the Sony/BMG Jazz catalog. Many of these albums have been una... more »
2007 five CD set, a great installment in Sony/BMG's Original Album Classics series that brings together rare and out of print titles with some best sellers from the Sony/BMG Jazz catalog. Many of these albums have been unavailable on CD for some time and are sought after by collectors. Each set is presented in a high quality, rigid cardboard slipcase containing five 'vinyl replica' mini LP sleeves. This collection from the Jazz great includes the albums Straight No Chaser, Underground, Criss Cross, Monk's Dream and Solo Monk.
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A very good buy
Nikica Gilic | Zagreb, Croatia | 04/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brilliant collection from Monk's phase of collaborating (mostly) with Charlie Rouse in the form of a quartet, or playing solo, this small box contains a lot of brilliant music, original compositions and compact performances...
Rouse was criticized by some for being to rigidly monkish in his execution, of having no individual voice, but to contribute to such magnificent art is by no means small achievement. He is no John Coltrane or Clark Terry, some of the giants Monk worked with on equall basis, but he was capable of digging into Monk's music. For crying out loud: even Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, in their famous album with Monk became an extension of Monk's mind (and, with Johnny Griffin on board, it was by no means one of the lesser line-ups of the Jazz Messengers).
Monk plays beautifully throughout, giving some fresh songs, fresh recordings of his older gems and improvisations on standards.
For instance, on Solo Monk he plays "Dinah" and "These Foolish Things", on "Criss-Cross" he plays "Tea for Two", etc...
For some variance (admittedly, these albums ARE similar in execution and the line-up), the great modern vocalist Jon Hendricks has a glorious vocalising guest appearance on the album "Underground".
Great collection, great general intro to Monk's work, great overview of a later stage of Monk's magnificent carreer, this collection is a great value for money...
BTW - on one of the albums the liner notes were written by the legendary baroness Pannonica..."
Worth the price
Allan Brown | 11/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"the columbia period was not Monk's best but there's some great stuff here at a bargin price"