The recording, of a concert at Carnegie Hall on November 29, 1957, was made by the Voice of America for radio broadcast. A 55-minute tape of the concert, labeled "sp. Event 11/29/57 Carnegie jazz concert," was discovered at the Library of Congress in January.
There is little previous documentation of Coltrane's brief stay in Monk's group. The 1957 album titled Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane includes just three tracks featuring the two; in 1993, Blue Note released a live recording of the group made with a handheld tape recorder, under the name Live at the Five Spot—Discovery!.
The new recording includes the Monk compositions "Monk's Mood," "Evidence," "Crepuscule With Nellie," "Nutt," "Epistrophy," "Bye-Ya," and "Blue Monk," as well as the standard "Sweet and Lovely" and an incomplete second performance of "Epistrophy."