Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk

Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk

SME Records  SRGS4520

Stereo Single Layer


"Solo Monk"

Thelonious Monk

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Comment by aubullience - December 7, 2023 (1 of 1)

Caveat Emptor- while Monk's playing on this disc is exemplary, as one would expect, in my systems the sound of the issue has a very marked stridency in the mid-treble range, even (albeit to a much lesser extent) in my secondary system, which skews slightly 'dark in its presentation. For (limited) reference, my primary system has Vivid Speakers, and contains a tube preamp offering a slight degree of added warmth; and for my secondary one, a fairly neutral-balanced Ayre disc player and electronics feeding into an old pair of Monitor Audios (which account that bit of darkness/warmth). Both listening rooms are slightly under-damped, but again, this disc is an outlier for me in terms of the aforementioned stridency to its high end. It's the only SACD for which I've ever had this problem to date (out of a few hundred I own), and perhaps the only disc of any kind with which I've had this problem in my secondary system. While the sonic defect could conceivably exist in other formats (I own neither a cd nor lp version of this recording) over the past thirty five yearsI've had my share of plenty of Monk recordings in LP, cd and SACD format, none of them displaying this kind of tonal balance.