“Misterioso” (Reissue) is a 1958 recording featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet live at the Five Spot Cafe August 7, 1958.
“Misterioso” and its companion disc, “Thelonious in Action“, were Monk’s first professionally recorded live dates. They feature the excellent 1958 quartet, along with tenor saxist Johnny Griffin stretching out on Monk tunes like “In Walked Bud” and “Evidence.”
Monk could not only find new dissonances, but he could also find new meanings for dissonance, imbuing his sometimes elliptical, even minimalist, compositions with a joyous playfulness.
Re-Issue. Original Jazz Classics. Riverside OJC 206. NM*****