We’re excited to release yet another album from one of our favorite artists, Thelonious Monk. Coming to stores in exactly one week is Monk’s Big Band and Quartet in Concert, pressed across two LPs for the first time ever. While the original pressing was crammed onto a single LP, the lengthy recording truly requires four sides of vinyl to be heard the way it should be.
As Scott Yanow puts it in his five-star review for AllMusic, “This is one of Monk’s greatest recordings and represents a high point in his career… essential for all jazz collections.” The album, Monk’s fifth for Columbia records, was recorded live in New York City on December 30, 1963. The album is receiving its first ever double LP release with this 180gram reissue, which was mastered from original tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas for a true audiophile experience. Pre-order yours now or pick one up next week at your local independent record store.