Thelonious Monk - Monk’s Mood (1957)
Talking about Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane once told Down Beat Magazine:
“Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way.”
This is a solo record, but Monk is joined on the last cut by Coltrane and Wilbur Ware for a moving rendition of Monk’s introspective, searching tune, appropriately titled Monk’s Mood. For fans of Monk or Coltrane, it’s a thrill to hear these two geniuses in the studio for the first time together. It’s a shame that their entire recorded output together only lasts from April through June of 1957.