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"Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk"

When the great bandleader and jazz composer made this lovely, lightweight solo piano album in late 1964 and early 1965, he unexpectedly turned to standards more than to his own twisty, harmonically dense compositions (although there are a couple of those here, too, notably "Ruby, My Dear" and "Ask Me Now"). And not the usual jazz standards, either--more lounge-singer and Tin Pan Alley standards, like "These Foolish Things" and Bing Crosby's "I Surrender, Dear." In an unusually cheerful, relaxed mood, Monk plays with the sharp, tinkley attack, octave trills, and rock-solid left-hand rhythms of the New Orleans stride piano players he grew up listening to, but he takes advantage of the absence of a band to mess with tempo, too. Tracks include: 1. Dinah 2. I Surrender, Dear 3. Sweet and Lovely 4. North of the Sunset 5. Ruby, My Dear 6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You 8. Everything Happens to Me 9. Monk's Point 10. I Should Care 11. Ask Me Now 12. These Foolish Things
SKU Number: DOLP COLUM9149
Price: $49.99