• Thelonious Monk
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

Live in Rotterdam - 1967

$139

Previously unreleased recording of Thelonious Monk. Limited to 900 hand-numbered copies.

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Tracklist

01 Ruby, My Dear – 05’54”
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When he set foot on the stage of Club Doelen on Oct. 28, 1967 in Rotterdam, Thelonious Monk had just turned 50.
15 years later, he disappeared from the music scene and spent his 6 final years in New York, at Pannonica de Koenigswater's, and never touched a piano again.

This concert is a true testament to his genius. Monk was quite the chess player, with finely honed strategic skills and great lucidity. He was something of an architect too – and a demanding one at that; this gig is methodically carried out, and there is an almost mathematic harmony to it. Opening and ending with two “classic pieces”, “Ruby, My Dear” and “Blue Monk”, he led for over 80 minutes the quartet and his accomplices, Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales, Ben Riley, and guests. He meticulously laid the foundations before raising the beams and attending to the circuitry, which gave improvisational cues – and space – to each performer.

This concert is a true testament to his genius.

Everything is highly contrasted and sounds somehow skewed. Arpeggios follow irregularly, and each note seems a bit surprised by the previous one. Monk smuggles the melody in through the back, before ushering it gloriously to the foreground. And then it's time to conclude with “Blue Monk”, classically cool and composed: the clear sound of the piano opens the piece before giving way to Clark Terry's trumpet; the bass and drums answer it, sounding as though they're striving to weigh it down – but Monk's piano flies to the rescue with almost repetitive notes and, very smoothly, leads the way to the finale. The architect can set down his tools. His house of smoke and sound has been thought out, erected – now it has vanished. What remains is pure art.

Box set contents

  • Double album / Duration: 82 min

  • Download card for access to digital files in .mp3 and .aiff 16bits formats.
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Specifications

Copies
Original pressing limited to 900 copies. Each album has been hand numbered on the front and back of the gatefold.
Vinyl weight
180g
Vinyl size
12-inch
Gatefold
Soft touch
Credit
Recorded at De Doelen, Rotterdam, 28.X.1967 STEREO ℗ 1967 NOS Remastered © & ℗ 2017 FONDAMENTA

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