Monk, Thelonious & Sonny Rollins: Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins (translucent blue vinyl) LP
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Collected from three separate recording sessions held between November of 1953 and October of 1954, this Prestige release does indeed feature the pairing of the two jazz giants Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, but only on three of the album's five tracks. Monk is the mainstay throughout however, presented here in trio, quartet and quintet settings. It is the quintet numbers with Rollins, that both open ("The Way You Look Tonight," "I Want To Be Happy") and close ("Friday the 13th") the album, that shine the brightest though, the distinct nuances of Rollins' tenor wonderfully contrasting Monk's artful piano lines!