Dec 04

Thelonious Monk ???
Monk, though he lived mostly in New York, was probably far more appreciated overseas than at home. Monk is not a hugely regarded jazz composer/performer in the US. Though mostly regarded as the primary developer of the Boogie-Woogie style, Monks’ personal style tended to change through the years. I don’t have an overwhelming appreciation for jazz, and outside of Louis Armstrong, whom I can’t get enough of, jazz seems better as incorporated into other styles, than on it’s own. Examples of that are Rhapsody in Blue, and many of the modern works of Wynton Marsalis. This 10 CD set is a bargain, but variable quality is noted in the recordings.

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