At The Blackhawk
CAT # OJCCD-305-25
1. Let's Call This 8:37 2. Four In One 8:41 3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 6:15 4. Epistrophy 6:42 5. Evidence 7:10 6. San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later) 9:12 7. 'Round Midnight 12:06 8. Epistrophy 1:05
Although the original album notes by producer Orrin Keepnews understandably do not discuss the situation, this forceful on-the-job recording came into being as a last-minute emergency. Monk had been scheduled to make a sextet album as co-leader with West Coast-based star drummer Shelly Manne, but after two days' work, all concerned admitted that the chemistry wasn't there. The producer, reluctant to return to New York empty-handed, added Harold Land and Joe Gordon (brought up from Los Angeles for the abandoned project) to the Monk working group for one night. The almost-impromptu results, following quite brief rehearsal and tune-learning, are a triumph of jazz improvisation and a tribute to the unquenchable spirit of Thelonious Monk.
with Charlie Rouse, John Ore, Billy Higgins, Joe Gordon, Harold Land
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