For the last 24 hours I've been listening over and over again to this new new Thelonious Monk / John Coltrane release from the Five Spot era. It's absolutely brilliant, overwhelming in its beauty. If you care at all about jazz rush out and buy a copy of this now.

The existence of this recording is a miracle, something like finding a previously covered up section of ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. It comes from the legendary 1957 collaboration between Monk and Coltrane, at the height of their development, of which there are almost no recordings. Until someone stumbled into a tape in the Library of Congress archives this year. And it was good.

But forget all that, just listen to this recording. It's amazing.

  2005-10-13 06:30 Z