Monk In France

Thelonious Monk

Monk In France MP3
  • CAT # OJCCD-670-25

    1. Well, You Needn't 11:31
    2. Off Minor 11:41
    3. Just A Gigolo 1:46
    4. I Mean You 11:03
    5. Hackensack 9:46
    6. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You 8:36
    7. Body And Soul 2:47
    8. Crepuscule With Nellie 2:42

During a 1961 European Tour on which he found himself lionized and entertained like visiting royalty Thelonious Monk was recorded in concert at Théâtre L'Olympe in Paris. Relaxed and delighted at the reception, Monk and his quartet played a congenial program of his compositions and three standards. This OJC album of music from the event incorporates two tracks, "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Body and Soul," not originally included in Riverside's Monk in France. Monk is featured in two unaccompanied selections, one of them a notably elliptical treatment of one of his favorite obscure pieces from the popular repertoire of the 1920s, "Just a Gigolo."

with Charlie Rouse, John Ore, Frankie Dunlop

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