Jazz Masters Deluxe Collection by Thelonius Monk was released September 10, 2012 on the Entertainment Supplies label, and contains a single disc with 14 great selection tracks. A great compilation of this giant of jazz.
Monk plays mostly solo "standards" of the time, including Gershwin tunes and others. It's actually interesting to hear him play straight melodies and chords– not to say that he doesn't do his usual chromatic and Lydian scale magic, throwing in some cool stride-style embellishment when appropriate to the music. If you dig Monk, it would be hard not to enjoy this well-recorded and engineered album of Monk breaking down and reworking the standards.
Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, several bonus tracks on nearly each disc (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes providing historical context to the original material, the series celebrates the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, the prolific New York-based label that showcased some of the most influential jazz artists and recordings of the 1950s and '60s.