I think I've made it a habit to go record shopping before election days. Perhaps I pictured myself being in some sort of depressive state on the floor trying to drown out all those inevitable crazy emotions with something far more pure. Fortunately for me, Tuesday turned out to be a great day, and the music was still here, so consider it win/win.
Anyway, these are some of the best records I've bought in years. Dig in:
In the great sea of boring, nearly contextless jazz compilations, we're glad to have some absolutely solid records like this one. If you're not familiar with his recording career, this is Thelonious' great debut for Columbia, and it represents his commercial peak as well. The record fulfills it's promise of occupying Monk's headspace: confusing, sardonic, intoxicating, nostalgic, and a bunch of other feelings that could only be articulated as Monk-like, Monkesque, whatever. His take on 'Body and Soul' is heartbreaking. Equal credit belongs to the Tenor Saxist, Charlie Rouse, who is pound-for-pound as dissonant a soul as Monk. Ditch the bonus tracks, and you have a beautifully concise record to get lost in.