Saturday, August 22, 2020

Monk Time

Going back to the 27th of October 1968, the day Monk and his band (Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley behind the drums) played a one-off highschool gig in the Californian town of Palo Alto. The school janitor tuned Monk's piano, and was allowed to tape the concert in return: by far the coolest anecdote I heard this month. And needless to say, the music's not too shabby either.

Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk (live Palo Alto '68)

1 comment:

The Swede said...

This is absolutely sublime. Imagine being a pupil at that school!