Track Selection: I’m getting sentimental over you (Re-ripped)
Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded “L’Olympia”, Paris, France, April 18, 1961
April in Paris (Short bonus selection)
Monk tours Europe, a stopover in Paris for Volume Three of this farewell set of releases from Riverside.
Monk treats the Paris audience to a short solo rendition of “April in Paris”, which was correct by both place and month, sort of Rock Concert opening line “Hello London!!” which always goes down well, unless this is actually Hamburg.
The Parisian audience spot the tune at once, but it is given that unique Monk treatment.
There is a certain hesitancy in the audience response – is that it? Is it a Monk pause, or is that the end? Imagine getting up and cheering wildly Encore! Encore!“, only to find you are the only one standing as the tune continues, ker-plink-plonk. Everyone is looking disdainfully through their nose at you. It’s not easy being a hipster.
Vinyl: RLP 004
Released in many other sequences packaging and formats, this seems unique to the UK market. I feel the word “Rare!” coming on
Phillips Holland pressing, blue label twin reels, mono
Name on cover
London record shop, no great cost or story, everyday price.Still looking for the supposedly “superior” Stockholm session, but this will satisfy the need for a feisty Monk live session, with Charlie Rouse steadfastly continuing to perform the impossible: play along with Monk.