And all that jazz…

October 10th is jazz pianist/composer, and jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s birthday. He was born in Rocky Mount, NC, in 1917. I admire Monk, and I love jazz — but I realize it’s not to everyone’s taste.

To celebrate Monk, I’d like to share, with those uninitiated in this great American contribution to the world of music, a number of monumental jazz albums, and a few of my ‘guilty pleasures’. Some of these you might want to check out — if you’re curious.

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out
Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners
Bill Evans Trio – Waltz for Debby
Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else
Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
John Coltrane – Giant Steps
Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage
Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come
Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto
Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar
Chick Corea & Return to Forever – Light As a Feather
Pat Metheny Group – Pat Metheny Group
Weather Report – Mysterious Traveler
Steps Ahead – Steps Ahead
Toots Thieleman – Hard to Say Goodbye

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