- Brilliant Corners (Monk's best single recording and one of the best albums in modern jazz)
- Misterioso & Thelonious in Action (Two albums of Monk live at the Five Spot)
- Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk
- Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane Live at Carnegie Hall
- Monk's Music
- Live at the It Club
- Monk in Paris
- Alone in San Francisco
- It's Monk Time
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Essential Monk Recordings
Here are some suggestions for the collector wanting to get some essential Thelonious Monk recordings. You can hear a lot of this music right now at Jazz Note Radio on Live365. See the link top right.
That's a pretty good basic Monk collection. You can add a lot by investing in two box sets. One is The Complete Blue Note Recordings, which gives you most of the early Monk recordings. I can't remember what I paid, but I seem to recall that it was a bit pricey. Alternatively you could get Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music. There are two or three discs sold separately, and they're affordable.
The second box is Thelonious Monk: Original Album Classics, which includes five Monk albums made for Columbia. They come in sleeves with the original covers, so its five albums for a very reasonable price. I paid about $18 for it, but you may not get that good a deal.