One of my favorite jazz standards, music by Jerome Kern, and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Here’s a sampling of the music.
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.
I have 2 versions of this great song which are some of my very favorites. Bill Evans Complete Village Vanguard 1961, and Keith Jarrett‘s 2007 My Foolish Heart 3 CD set. It is interesting to listen to these 2 versions by 2 of the greatest jazz pianist’s back to back. Each one is special. Keith starts out soloing and then the bass and drums kick in… STUNNING. I have one suggestion…TURN UP THE VOLUME.