All of this music (as with all of Thelonious Monk's Milestone reissues) has been repackaged definitively on his 15-CD Complete Riverside Recordings,
but those listeners unable to afford or acquire that massive box are
well advised to get this two-LP set. The great pianist/composer is heard
on his famous "Brilliant Corners" session with tenor-saxophonist Sonny Rollins and drummer Max Roach, and also on a full album with a 1959 quintet co-starring tenor-saxophonist Charlie Rouse and cornetist Thad Jones.
In addition to the difficult-to-play "Brilliant Corners," other
highlights include "Pannonica," "Bemsha Swing," "Straight No Chaser" and
"Ask Me Now."