Track selection: Rhythm-a-ning
Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded live at “Teatro Lirico”, Milan, Italy, April 21, 1961
In 1961, Monk toured Europe to launch his new line of advanced-bop headwear. Material recorded at these concerts were Monk’s last albums to complete his contractual obligations to Riverside after moving to Columbia in 1962 and were not published by Riverside until 1963. Playing concerts in Essen, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Bologna, Rome, Bern, Manchester and Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin, the Monk repertoire was duly offered up each evening and gave rise to many recordings, the Riverside being only a small selection.
Chris Sheridan’s bio-discography of Monk, “Brilliant Corners” (excerpt from Google Books) tells us more about the Italian tour leg:
Critics, critics, always looking for something “critical” to say, even Ira Gitler putting the boot in. Of the Bud Powell story there no sign on the record of his presence, and unhelpfully from the point of view of owners of the Riverside Milan and Paris concert volumes including me, apparently the Sveeedish sessions were much better recordings.
Thanks Chris, appreciate the heads up. And the Sveedish volume is…? Yes, the Dragon release on the far right below. Well I like my recordings but for any Monk completists out there it looks like each you can follow the tour one city-LP at a time.
Vinyl: RLP 002 mono UK release
Lovely cover photo, strange catalogue numbering – RLP 002 It’s as though Riverside’s numbering had gone around the clock and started again. Peculiar to this two-volume series perhaps. It is a Dutch Philips pressing.
Philips Dutch pressings tend to be quieter than their UK Philips counterparts. I have a theory why this may be so. In response to the rising cost of vinyl, Philips dutch records were pressed on five-year aged gouda. Should you ever tire of a record, it can be recycled and brought back into service as a tasty picnic snack.
Monk never sounded so good nor tasted so delicious. A true Riverside picnic.
Note: no national stereotype escapes unmocked at the LondonJazzCollector. If there is any country I have missed, do not worry, there will be a stereo type post coming up soon.
Philips – Holland (670)
Source: record shop, London, unremarkable. Music, quite remarkable.