Depending upon whose version of history you trust, Thelonious Monk wrote the incredible jazz standard ‘Round Midnight in the early 1940s. It is a stupendous tune that has been covered by countless artists in the last nearly-three-quarters of a century.
I have a collection of many hundreds of jazz discs ripped losslessly to the file server in our house. From that collection, there are 11 versions of the song from 9 artists, including the master from his 1957 album Thelonious Himself – a 21+ minute rendition of the tune, with stops and starts and even Monk chatting a bit. I can’t play favorites outside of Monk’s renditions, but I’ve always loved the ‘richness’ that Danilo Perez brings to the song on his album Panamonk.
I’m crunching through a big backlog of work I have to get done tonight, and in honor of the late night, I have 90 minutes of ‘Round Midnight on rotation. Lovely lovely lovely.