Thelonious Monk’s first album for Columbia may have a lot of doovers from his earlier Riverside and Prestige label classics (“Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-are” became “Bolivar Blues”, “Blues Spot Five” became “Five Spot Blues”, and so on) but these new performances by Monk, Charlie Rouse on sax, John Ore on bass and Frankie
Dunlop on drums present chemistry and interplay almost divinly guided. Available for this first time on 180-gram virgin vinyl and all-analog mastering by Kevin Gray, you have the chance to enjoy one of the great jazz studio sessions on disk.
‘‘With digital [music formats] you can fast-forward and skip it with a mouse and click it off. You’re not reverential toward the music.
With vinyl, there’s an inherent romance to it. When you put the needle down, you feel connected.’’
as told to Entertainment Weekly, 2011