Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Jazz Gem Made in '57 Is a Favorite of 2005 - New York Times: "My favorite jazz record released this year, and one of my favorites of any year, was made in 1957. I first heard 'Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall' (Blue Note) at the Library of Congress in April, after the news of its discovery had been made public. It sounded pretty good then, but you can never really tell when hearing something over a high-quality sound system in front of interested parties. I have listened to it repeatedly since, and it seems to be much better than I first thought - solid, juicy, truly great." - Ben Ratliff