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Originally released in 1961 on Prestige label, this album stands as one of Steve Lacy's earliest Monk's music explorations. A reflective journey through the visionary world of the high priest of Bop featuring the great Don Cherry on trumpet, the solid Carl Brown on bass and the marvelous Billy Higgins on drums. An historical studio session based on a Monk / Ellington split track list including four Monk's compositions and two lesser known Ellington pieces. After sixty years, it's still pure joy, listening to the soprano sax master matching with Cherry's harmolodic pocket trumpet.