It's a little hard to explain how I arrived at this post, but if you type "thelonious monk is a" into google, you get this:
This in turn leads me to archive.org which has a Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey recording of a tune by that name, recorded in Arcata, California. Unfortunately, this song doesn't play in my browser for some reason and rdio doesn't have it.
The google web does lead to the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey site:
With the addition of drummer Jason Smart, this live record of two inspired nights at New York's legendary Knitting Factory established the bold new direction the trio was to take in the coming years. The compositions are more varied and melodic, the instruments achieve textures they'd never before dreamed of, and the trio takes the New York audience from a roar to a whisper and back.
Next, we arrive at this classic Monk video on YouTube:
Finally, although we are a couple of decades away from the final assessment, I think about applying the Kenneth Woods 80-years-Relevancy-Test to Monk:
It takes time for great music to get recognized- I think history tells us that we need about 80 years to figure out if something is going to stay important and relevant forever. In the short term, people get too bamboozled by all the arguments over what we should or shouldn’t be writing like. I always tell listeners they most important things they can do to cultivate a love and understanding of new music is to cast a very wide net, avoid getting wedded to one style or school, and to come back to stuff as many times as you can. In other words, if you hear the hot new John Adams premiere and don’t like it or don’t get it, don’t read too much into that. You may like it later.