Round Midnight is a 1944 jazz standard with the distinction of being recorded by a jazz artist more than any other jazz composition. Thelonious Monk grew up in New York and could play anything he heard. He was influenced by the early stride Piano players. His best known composition has a definite “after hours sound“. Monks original version on The Best Of The Blue Note Years album is the most historically significant. His Himself album contains his most intimate take on the song. Thelonious Monks playing is really different. He literally turned the jazz world upside down with his sound when he came on the scene as a leader. You have to expose yourself to some of his albums.