'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk - solo, live (1969)

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What an amazing blessing was Monk's life for those of us who love jazz. He influenced, and played with, nearly all of the greats of his era, and took his instrument to places it had not previously traveled. 

Monk may have written 'Round Midnight as early as 1936, when he was 19, even though it was not released until several years later. I like this version because he's all on his own, alone on a stage, with this iconic masterpiece and a Steinway.