Thelonious Monk at the It Club

Thelonious Monk at the It Club


Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums)

Columbia (complete sessions never released before!)

Mosaic Records : 4 LPs 180 gram

Limited edition  5,000 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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Saturday :
A1 - Blue Monk
A2 - Well, You Needn't
B1 - 'Round Midnight
B2 - Rythym-A-Ning
B3 - Episrophy (Theme, Saturday Set One)
C1 - Blues Five Spot
C2 - Bemsha Swing
D1 - Straight, No Chaser
D2 - Epistrophy (Theme, Saturday Set Two)
D3 - Evidence
E1 - Sweet And Lovely
E2 - Nutty
E3 - Epistrophy (Theme, Saturday Set Three)

Sunday :
F1 - Teo
F2 - I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
F3 - Epistrophy (Theme, Sunday Set One)
G1 - Misterioso
G2 - Gallop's Gallop
G3 - Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
G4 - Epistrophy (Theme, Sunday Set Two)
H1 - Bright Mississippi (09:45)
H2 - Just You, Just Me (06:14)
H3 - All The Things You Are (06:40)
H4 - Epistrophy (Theme, Sunday Set Three)

Recorded on October 31 and November 1, 1964, live at the "It" Club in Los Angeles.

The Thelonious Monk Quartet with Charlie Rouse lasted 11 years. October 31 and November 1, 1964 at the It Club in Los Angeles showcase Monk at particular high point pianistically; in fact, he went into a Los Angeles studio and recorded the album Solo Monk on the afternoons preceding and following the live taping. He is in full force throughout, but his playing is particularly superb on the standards I'm Getting Sentimental Over You and the previously unreleased Sweet And Lovely. 

The band plays standards, many of Monk's famous tunes, a few lesser known items like Gallop's Gallop and Blues Five Spot and the recent compositions Teo and Bright Mississippi. Propelled by Gales and Riley, Monk and Rouse deliver amazing 10-minute excursions on such Monk classics as Nutty, Rhythm-a-ning and Blue Monk.

Rouse in his sixth year with Monk had hit his stride, truly becoming Monk's musical alter ego. Remarkably, drummer Ben Riley had joined the quartet at the beginning of 1964 and bassist Larry Gales had only logged in a month at the time of this taping; yet they already show the first signs of collective greatness on these evenings.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

These Mosaic Records LPs were remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and were pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.