Thelonious Monk has a unique style of playing the piano which I suspects divides opinion.
What are his best live albums?
His 1957 performance with John Coltrane is popular and so is the 1964 recording made at the It Club but do these represent Thelonious Monk at his very best?
I’m not sure which is why I have started a readers poll.
What Are The Best Live Albums By Thelonious Monk?
You probably haven’t heard all these live albums so I should explain that I see a vote as a recommendation to others that an album is well worth the time investigating.
You can get these albums from Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk.
What Other People Say Are The Best Thelonious Monk Live Albums
BestEverAlbums.com – Thelonious Monk Best Ever Albums – asks members to list their favourite albums and includes recommendations for these live recordings:
- Thelonious Alone In San Francisco
- Live At The It Club
- Thelonious Monk At The Blackhawk
- Paris 1969
- Live At The 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival
- Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia
Steve Hoffman Music Forum – Thelonious Monk… Where to start? has recommendations for these live albums:
- Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
- Live at the “It” Club
- With John Coltrane Live At Carnegie Hall
Wilson & Alroy’s Reviews – Dizzy Gillespie – this website rates albums up to 5 stars and here are its ratings for Thelonious Monk’s live recordings:
- With John Coltrane Live At The Five Spot – 3.5 stars
- With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall – 5 stars
- Misterioso – 3 stars
- The Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall – 4.5 stars
- At The Blackhawk – 3.5 stars
- Live At The IT Club – 4 stars
AllMusic.com – Thelonious Monk Discography – rated these live albums at 4.5 stars or more:
- Misterioso – 5 stars
- The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall – 5 stars
- Big Band and Quartet in Concert- 5 stars
- With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall -5 stars
- At the Five Spot – 4.5 stars
- Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958 – 4.5 stars
- In Person – 4.5 stars
- Thelonious Alone in San Francisco – 4.5 stars
- At the Blackhawk – 4.5 stars
- Monk in Tokyo – 4.5 stars
- Live at the Jazz Workshop – 4.5 stars
- Live at the Five Spot: Discovery! – 4.5 stars
DigitalDreamDoor – 100 Greatest Live Jazz Albums – includes these Thelonious MOnk recordings:
- Miles and Monk at Newport
- Thelonious in Action
- Live at the Jazz Workshop
- Live at the Blackhawk
- Live at the It Club
Live Album Polls For The Great Jazz Artists
I have polls for the following artists: – Louis Armstrong – Count Basie – John Coltrane – Miles Davis – Eric Dolphy – Duke Ellington – Dizzy Gillespie – Billie Holiday – Charles Mingus – Thelonious Monk – Charlie Parker – Lester Young –
What Are The Best Live Jazz Albums Of All Time?
Please vote in my poll to find the best live jazz albums. While you may not have heard all of them, I see a vote as a recommendation to other readers.
What great live jazz albums have I missed?
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.