Loved the Slate piece, thanks for posting that. On the subject of Monk tributes, have you read Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making, by Gabriel Solis? It is quite a good read. He examines how jazz musicians of all stripes utilize Monk's music in the formation of both their own voice and competing jazz traditions, looking at Monk tributes from artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also discusses the Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch albums you mentioned in your Slate piece.