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Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano: Embrace

Roswell Rudd, ailing from cancer at 82, releases a loving quartet record of standards with collaborators as distinctive as he is.

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Wadada Leo Smith: Solo - Reflections and Meditations on Monk

The everywhere-at-once trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith goes it alone, alternating Monk tunes and Monk-inspired originals for solo trumpet. S L O W.

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Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

A rediscovered Thelonious Monk session sheds light on the composer's skill as a bandleader as well as his unassuming professionalism.

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Down by the Riverside: Thelonious Monk's High-Water Mark

The Complete Riverside Recordings comprises 15 discs' worth of raw material to sift through, a formidable task with endless rewards.

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Covering Cover Songs

Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.

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Orrin Keepnews: Hero for America's Music

Orrin Keepnews didn't just encourage and oversee some of the most important jazz recordings in history; he rolled up his sleeves and helped shape their final form.

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Jason Ajemian: Folklords

The spirit of Mingus is alive and well in Jason Ajemian's band recording for Delmark. Oh, and let's not forget about Monk and Sun Ra.

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Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.

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List This! A Beginner's Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.

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Thelonious Monk / Gerry Mulligan: Mulligan Meets Monk

Jazz greats Monk and Mulligan only played one session together. Bebop met cool, and it was boss.

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Every Family Has One: 'The Baroness'

A story of jazz, wealth and family; 'Nica' Pannonica de Koenigswarter's life was truly one for the ages.

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Thelonius Monk Quartet: Misterioso

Monk's music, recorded live and in his prime.

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Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Other than a crackling record on a turntable, there is perhaps nothing more satisfying to a jazz aficionado than the release of never-before-heard material from a great player.

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The Top 10 Jazz Tunes For People Who Don't Like Jazz

While jazz’s complexity cannot be denied, much of the music remains accessible to all. The trick is just finding the right tunes and artists, those who have a universal appeal beyond the scope of the typical, admittedly somewhat limited, jazz audience.

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Ali Jackson Trio with John Faddis: 18 October 2011 - New York

The Ali Jackson Trio celebrates Dizzy Gillespie's birthday this week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the help of some special guests.

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Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Music

No matter how many times it gets reissued, a great album is still a great album. Monk's Music will never sound anything short of terrific.

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Bud Powell: Un Poco Loco

In between stays at mental institutions for schizophrenia, Powell left behind a remarkable legacy. Sadly, he hasn’t received the same widespread admiration that his close friend Thelonious Monk secured. But to true fans of the jazz genre, Powell is revered.

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Thelonious Monk: The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige & Riverside

A fine overview, but given the breadth of the artist's Riverside and Prestige catalogs, it's hard to shake the sense that this collection conceals at least as much as it reveals

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Always Know; Monk Always

Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.

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The Music of Thelonious Monk - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Marcus Roberts

Though jazz is equally, if not more, fundamental to the American psyche as baseball, we, unfortunately, don’t pay our dues as devoutly as to those on the diamond.

Thomas Hauner
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Thelonious Monk: Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival

The vintage, never-before-released outing from the a high point of Monk's career

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Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington

Monk, after a while, begins to remind you of a wily raconteur, retelling a funny story that you’ve never heard before.

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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

The classic studio meetings between Monk (teacher) and Coltrane (student), still tantalizing and uneven.

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