December 29, 2018 – 4:09 am


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Paris 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France; March 20, 1966. Very good FM broadcast.

During this European tour several concerts were recorded on film - well known are the Oslo and Copenhagen shots, but I found some film fragments that are less known. First of all a fragment probably made at the start of the concert at the Palais de la Mutualité in Paris (France) on the 20th of March, 1966. These two fragments are from a French broadcast, which makes the quality rather poor, but the shots are great. The Thelonious Monk Quartet featured Monk at the piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The first shot was made from the very beginnings, behind the curtains, and includes some preparations before the concerts starts, which gives it that special feeling as if you are part of the performance. - (on an earlier version, ripped from TV broadcast)

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Thanks to Cosmikd for sharing the show at Dime.

FM > Yamaha TX-330 > Audacity (WAV) > WaveLab > FLAC (level 8, sector-align)
Les Légendes du Jazz, France Musique, November 17 & 18, 2018

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Track 01. I Love You (Sweetheart Of All My Dreams) (Art Fitch, Bert Lowe, Kay Fitch) 3:00
Track 02. Lulu’s Back In Town (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) 16:40
Track 03. Just A Gigolo (Leonello Casucci, Irving Caesar) 2:03
Track 04. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (George Bassman, Ned Washington) 17:32
Track 05. Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk) 1:38
Track 06. Off Minor (T Monk) 12:02
Track 07. Sweet And Lovely (Gus Arnheim, Charles N. Daniels, Harry Tobias) 18:41
Track 08. I Mean You (T Monk) 6:52
Track 09. Crepuscule With Nellie (T Monk) 2:47
Track 10. Epistrophy (T Monk) 1:12
83 mins

Thelonious Monk - piano
Charlie Rouse - tenor sax
Larry Gales - bass
Ben Riley - drums

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  1. 19 Responses to “THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET - PARIS 1966”

  2. Great post…

    By Frank on Dec 29, 2018

  3. What a New Year’s present! Wonderful upload even for a non-Jazz friend like me. Keep it up!

    By Chotakeo on Dec 29, 2018

  4. This is outstanding. Thelonious Monk is on the Mount Rushmore of Jazz artists ‘ along with Miles Davis ‘ John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. I would have no complaints if all the Jazz posts were like this instead of the modern abominations posted regularly here. masquerading as Jazz . This is the real deal . A big double thumbs up from me .

    By Smashmouth on Dec 29, 2018

  5. Thanks to Big O for the gift of music from a wonderful, quirky original.

    And thanks to Smashmouth for his advice, for without it I might mistakenly believe I was enjoying jazz as played by Marcus Roberts, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano and so many others.

    By songster1928 on Dec 29, 2018

  6. A band of bad ass brothers “ doin Jazz as only the brothers can . Monk is a bad ass. Nigga . Blacks is the only true Jazz masters . No honky whites & Euros ‘ Spicks ‘ Wops ‘ Micks ‘ Krauts ‘ Jews ‘ Arabs or Chinks should even try to play Jazz . Leave Jazz to the brothers .

    By Jazz Man on Dec 29, 2018

  7. Jazz Man:

    By your logic, Leontyne Price should have been banned from singing opera and James Earl Jones should not have been allowed to act in Shakespeare since both opera and theater were invented by Europeans. Pretty bad argument.

    Almost all the instruments in jazz (except banjo) originated in Europe. Following your logic, there should be no jazz played on piano, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, or any other brass or wind instrument. Then there is no Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk etc. etc. By your own thinking there shouldn’t be any jazz, because, like gospel, rock and roll, soul, and hip-hop, jazz arose out of an integration of cultures.

    I recommend listening to the Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress recordings. Great jazz inventor — i hope you would agree — but what I recommend is his conversations with Alan Lomax where Mr. Jelly Lord describes the extent to which he was influenced by European opera and classical music.

    By songster1928 on Dec 29, 2018

  8. Most of the great jazz legends from the last 75 years or appear to be black, not saying other races cant play but most of the greats do in fact seem to be black

    By T J on Dec 29, 2018

  9. songster- don’t take jazzman too seriously. He/she/it is probably just trolling in a different way. Since the sexual comments are getting less response, he/she/it probably feels the need to try to be outrageous in a different manner.

    If jazzman really does think that way, he/she/it probably only spews that stuff in anonymous Internet posts.

    Either way, I really wouldn’t worry about him/her/it.

    By Rick on Dec 29, 2018

  10. Thanks, Big O! Great pick.

    By peacenluvmaaan on Dec 29, 2018

  11. Great music and a fine recording!

    By samspade on Dec 30, 2018

  12. This Rick dude sounds like a racist honky who was taught by his parents to gate the black man . It bugs him that today the brothers has turned the tables on his white honky ass .

    By Jazz Man on Dec 30, 2018

  13. It’s simpler than that Jazz Man . Most whites are just jeleous because all you black guys are getting all the young hot white chicks . Black guys have bigger Cocs , so white guys have penis envy .

    By C Tony on Dec 30, 2018

  14. Blacks are a race of Milty ( Uncles )

    By C Tony on Dec 30, 2018

  15. Mississippi Black Snake ‘ white chicks dig em

    By C Tony on Dec 30, 2018

  16. Rumor has it Mr Monk had a big un

    By U L E on Dec 30, 2018

  17. Blacks arnt the only people that have big ones . Uncle Milte was Jewish and Sinatra was Italian, they both had big monster pricks

    By Scaromouch on Dec 30, 2018

  18. Good grief someone change the bloody record . . . . . these guys are STILL rambling on about winkle size, race, Frank Sinatra and Milton Frickin’ Berle!

    By swappers on Dec 30, 2018

  19. Wow Big-O! This is great! This is some of the finest music posted here in a while. I love Big O and I wish everyone here an Ule-free 2019. All the racist, penis obsessed juveniles here need to step away from the keyboard not just today, but for good.

    By Reddy Kilowatt on Dec 30, 2018

  20. Big-0 ;

    Thanks for all of there great music this year ; please continue to ignore the responses that are sad and off topic. I hope that this community re-evaluates your reason for being on a great site / community like this and comments accordingly. there are very few site that have the variety of Big-O, and we need to keep this going.

    Wishes to All

    By ATL on Dec 31, 2018

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