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Music Music May 5, 2000
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Thelonious Monk
Live at the It Club - Complete
1964

This double-disc set features Monk's jagged playing in a quartet setting, showcasing the distinct blend of melody and dissonance in his compositions. Legend has it, when the mood struck him, Monk would rise from the piano and do a little dance. At several points during this set, the piano drops out while bassist Larry Gales, drummer Ben Riley, and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse lay down such a powerful groove, you can almost see Monk rocking merrily around the It Club.


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