on January 6, 2004
If I ever build a memory capsule with my children, for their children, this will be going down in it. I have 2 copies now, one un-opened, and one in heavy rotation in my multi disc carousel. This album far surpasses that of today's standard of music. From tracks 1 through 12, and on to the additional 9 tracks, the album has no flaws.
"Monk's Point" demonstrates his uncanny ability to show us the way and keep us on the path to solemn and effecient music.The many cultural overtones presented on this album are that of a musical visionary, who not only knew how to perform music, but to live music.
At only 24 years old myself, as well being an actor and a singer, this album has shown me, the real pleasures in life; and that is being as he once was. In as many places at the same time, and not leaving the comforts of your own home. This is pure delight.
on February 2, 2004
Thelonious Monk was incapable of making a bad recording, and SOLO MONK is one of his best. Twenty years into his recording career, Monk entered the studio and cut his first (and only) solo album for Columbia Records. Originally released in 1964 as a 12-track album, it has been expanded to include nine additional tracks. [Two tracks cut during the SOLO MONK sessions, but left off the original release; and seven alternate takes.] While the opening cut, "Dinah," was popularized by Fats Waller four decades earlier, Monk puts his unique stamp on the song. Personal favorites are his playful rendition of "North of the Sunset" and the haunting beauty of "Ask Me Now," both Monk originals. Truth to tell, if you're going to have only one Thelonious Monk album in your collection, this is an excellent choice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED