Recording set

Previously unreleased 1968 Thelonious Monk live recording set for release

By Scott Bernstein June 19, 2020 • 7:27 a.m. PDT

great jazz Monk Thelonious brought his quartet to Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, Calif. on October 27, 1968. An unreleased recording of the entire group will be released as Palo Alto July 31 via Impulse! Recordings.

The concert was arranged by Danny Scher, a 16-year-old Palo Alto High student, and recorded by the school janitor. Monk was supported by his regular touring bass band Larry Gales, drummer Ben riley and tenor saxophonist Charlie redhead. Palo Alto spans 47 minutes of music that includes a mix of compositions by Monk as well as songs by Jimmy McHugh and Rudy Vallée.

“I have always viewed music as a way to put issues on hold or mirror them, whether political or social,” Scher said in a statement about the release of the music from the company. show he composed during a tenuous time in his region and across the country. “On October 27, 1968, there was a truce between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. And that’s what music does.

“This performance is one of the best live recordings I have ever heard from Thelonious,” added Thelonious son TS Monk. “I didn’t even know my dad was playing a concert in high school, but he and the band were there. When I first heard the tape, from the first bar, I knew my dad was feeling really good.

Overview Palo Alto by broadcasting “Epistrophy” below:

Palo Alto List of tracks

  1. Ruby, my dear
  2. Well you don’t need
  3. Don’t blame me
  4. Blue monk
  5. epistrophy
  6. I love you darling of my dreams

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