Straight, No Chaser // Thelonious Monk (Columbia CS 9451)

Born 101 years ago on this day in October, Thelonious Monk's birthday is a great excuse to put a record or two of his on the turntable.  My record of choice? The Music The Tune:  "Straight, No Chaser" Recorded:  1966-67 Personnel: Charlie Rouse:  Tenor Sax Thelonious Monk:  Piano Larry Gales:  Bass Ben Riley:  Drums Considering [...]

What Is There To Say? // Gerry Mulligan (Columbia CL 1307)

It's another soggy grey day here in north Alabama, and as such, out comes the reflective music.  Here's a record I found during my cross-country tour this summer.  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "Festive Minor" Recorded:  15 January, 1959 in New York City Personnel: Gerry Mulligan-  Baritone Sax Art Farmer-  Trumpet Bill Crow-  [...]