Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded at “L’Olympia”, Paris, France, April 18, 1961
31 May – President John F. Kennedy and Charles De Gaulle meet in Paris. Hi Mr President, may I call you Chas? Je m’appele Charles. Great, Chas, tell me, man to man, Mrs de Gaulle, is she “hot”, you know what I mean? Ou est l’ interprète!! Doesn’t any one here speak English? Merde…
Europe in three volumes – its a hatrick – each of the three volumes has a smoking picture of Monk, tea-cosy on head, I’d happily mount all three on the wall. Just to complete the asymetry – its Monk after all – Volumes 2 and 3 are from the same evening concert in Paris while volume 1 is from Italy. And to the annoyance of all, according to those in the know, the best live concerts in his First European tour were those recorded in Stockholm, none of which material is released here. And Live at the IT club on the Evil Silver Disk I know is better still. Nevertheless, got to love those covers and UK mono Riverside Philips Dutch press sounds pretty good (to me).
Charlie Rouse gets a good workout and for a change I’ve gone for a track where Frankie Dunlop shows he can do more than miskeep time: Hackensack. They are all good, you can’t go wrong with a Monk (makes Egyptian hand movements) Walk like a Franciscan…
UK Riverside RLP 003 , originally released in the US as RLP 460/461
Fontana/Interdisk, pressed by Philips, Holland.
THELONIOUS MONK IN EUROPE VOL.2 RIVERSIDE MONO RLP 003 1ST PRESSING 1964; VINYL IS VISUALLY EXCELLENT; VINYL IS AURALLY EXCELLENT (WITH NO CLICKS, TICKS OR POPS); LABELS ARE EXCELLENT; COVER IS EXCELLENT: HAS CORNER BUMPING . BACK COVER HAS CORNER BUMPING, SLIGHT FOXING, LIGHT RINGWEAR AND SLIGHT MARKING UPPER-CENTRE (SEE PHOTOGRAPHS).
All three Volumes, set complete:
Postscript: recent MP3 rips
Not possessed of perfect pitch or any reference instrument I was unaware my Numark portable usb TT default setting was actually slightly fast – elevating the pitch around 3% sharp. (If you were unaware of it LJC, that’s your credibility straight down the plughole!) The interesting process was playing a CD in the computer synchronised with the same LP playing on the Numark, something I have never had occasion to do before. What a shock: they were way off each other. All the DJ-types can stop smirking now. Hopefully now the TT is now well-tempered. My thanks to Eduard for staying in the case. The Hills are alive to the Sound of Monk...now correctly out of tune. 😉