A limited-supply CD import from Japan in a high-quality paper sleeve; the perfect collector’s item.
This unusual and remarkable album, recorded in 1955, was, at the time, a first in several ways. It was the first twelve-inch contemporary jazz LP issued by Riverside - making it a very suitable starting point for what has become a distinguished list of jazz albums. It was also the first of several highly significant and widely appreciated LP's recorded for Riverside by Thelonious Monk. Lastly, it was planned as the start of a campaign that has long since been won: a campaign to overcome the fears of those who had previously made the mistake of feeling that Monk was "too difficult" and "too far out" for them. To bring him to the attention of this broad audience seemed doubly desirable: it would bring pleasure and rewarding musical stimulation to many previously self-depriving listeners; and it could help gain for Monk the broad and deep, credit and acceptance that he deserved as one of the true creative giants of jazz.