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Audio CD, 18 September 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 14.5 x 0.99 cm; 77.96 Grams
- Manufacturer : IMPULSE! RECORDS
- Label : IMPULSE! RECORDS
- ASIN : B0898F5144
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Sortie du nouvel album de l’emblématique Thelonious Monk résultat d’un enregistrement légendaire et inédit lors d’un concert historique le dimanche 27 octobre 1968 à Palo Alto.
Après l’assassinat de Dr. Martin Luther King Jr en 1968, les tensions raciales grandissent sensiblement dans le pays.Danny Scher à l’époque lycéen au Palo Alto High School décide d’organiser un concert dans le but de créer une cohésion raciale et collecter des fonds pour le Comité International de son école. Son rêve est d’y faire jouer Thelonious Monk qu’il réussit par ailleurs à convaincre. Après de nombreux rebondissements, le concert a finalement lieu et c’est un véritable triomphe.
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It was recorded by the school janitor on October 27, 1968 with Monk(piano); Charlie Rouse(tenor sax); Larry Gales(bass) & Ben Riley(drums) but the tapes have languished unheard until now.
Monk's highly empathetic group are in energised form playing 'Ruby My Dear'; 'Well, You Needn't'; 'Blue Monk'; 'Epistrophy' and a moving solo exploration of 'Don't Blame Me'.
Danny Scher and Impulse! Records are to be congratulated for their efforts in releasing this long-lost gem which has very good sound quality and is one of Monk's best live quartet recordings.
Btw ~ Unfortunately, the release of this rediscovered live album was delayed due to a dispute between Monk's estate and his previous record label.
Thankfully, 'Palo Alto' now seems to be easily available from several sellers.
Supposedly the estate managing Monk’s affairs have banned this/insisted it be withdrawn from sale or similar due to its (in essence) ‘bootleg’ nature.
The sound quality is excellent, there should be no concerns on that front.
Whether talk of withdrawal is true or a myth you should still gab a copy when/if you can.
The songs are crowd pleasers and the story of how the concert came to be, in the liner notes, brings a lump to your throat (the band arrived in the schoolboy organiser’s brother’s little van (to be sure they would come at all!) ... with the bass sticking out of the window!).
The young lad who made this happen did a very fine thing (both in terms of the world of music and fund raising - and (it later turned out) in respect of race relations too).
Superb playing by the quartet (Monk: P; Rouse: S; Gales: B; Riley: D) and even the slightly out of tune school piano adds to the atmosphere.
This disc is an absolute ‘must have’ for any Monk fan. Get it while you can - before all available copies disappear.
First thing to note this is an amateur recording so do not expect hi-fi quality - there's some distortion on a few of the tracks. There's only so much cleaning up can be done without losing the original raw quality.
The packaging is superb and the replica programme and poster are really well reproduced. The booklet has great liner notes that not only cover the concert itself but gives the historical concert. Sadly it seems as if the same problems around skin colour still blight our society.
My only disappointment given the price of the record is the lighweight pressing - my copy is badly warped and will likely send it back for replacement. At the price I expected a premium wight pressing like the Blue Note Tone Poets releases and I'm pretty certain it was advertised as 180G on some sites.
But if you are a Monk fan then this is one to enjoy.