Monk Thelonious: In France


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Monk Thelonious: In France
Artist: Thelonious Monk
Title: In France

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In 1961 Thelonious Monk and his quartet toured Europe producing a series of live albums for various labels. The First European Concert as well as recordings of Monk in Paris Italy Bern Copenhagen and Stockholm all date from that year. The performances drew almost exclusively from a body of the pianists best-loved original material and Monk in France is no exception. While his playing here is less energized than it can be Monks singular philosophy is well intact. The pianists lines are sparse and fluid. Characteristically he maps out only the necessary notes in his off-kilter melodies building solos from perfectly balanced melodic/rhythmic motifs. The European touring lineup is completed by drummer Frankie Dunlop bassist John Ore and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Rouse had joined Monk two years earlier replacing Johnny Griffin on 1959s Evidence. He has a vibrant tone and fluid rhythmic sense best heard here on I Mean You. the 1960s would see Monk signing to Columbia Records where he would release another string of excellent recordings like Monks Dream Criss Cross and Solo Monk. Monk in France represents a pleasant but unessential sidetrack in the pianists output.

1.1 Well You Neednt 10:50
1.2 Off Minor 11:30
1.3 Just A Gigolo 1:40
2.1 I Mean You 9:50
2.2 Hackensack 9:45
2.3 Im Getting Sentimental Over You 8:32

H 0.16
W 12.33
L 12.37

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