Happy New Year! This is the last post of the first full year of the blog. The second half of this year had fewer posts than I had hoped for, but still ended up with 79 in total and I have a nice group of records set aside to start the new year. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it and am always glad to hear from readers. Feel free to comment on a post, or if you’d like to receive an email when a new post is up, subscribe using the tab on the top of the right side of the page.
I wanted to finish the year strong with an original pressing of the 1955 LP Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington. This has the first version of the cover and the white deepgroove label. This was his first recording for the Riverside label and includes Oscar Pettiford (bs) and Kenny Clarke (dr) in a trio setting.
I have always enjoyed Monk, but have been listening to his catalog a lot more lately and checking out stuff I hadn’t heard before–like the Riverside era. For years I’ve had CDs of his early Blue Note and later Columbia work, but this LP along with some other excellent Riverside titles have shown me what I’ve been missing out on.
(Details: Riverside RLP 12-201/white label/deepgroove)