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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000026EK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Call This
2. Four in One
3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4. Epistrophy
5. Evidence
6. Worry Later
7. 'Round Midnight
8. Epistrophy

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album gets a fairly lukewarm review in the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. It's true that it's not among the greatest Monk albums, but that's the same as saying that it's not one of the greatest albums ever made. Even by Monk's unsurpassable standards, though, this is a very good album indeeed. The band swings beautifully, thanks not least to Shelly Manne on drums; the sound is great; and there's some wonderful playing. The stand-out track for me is a standard Monk recorded many times - I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. Joe Gordon plays one of my all time favourite trumpet solos - light, playful, inventive: I feel happy whenever I hear it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. F. A. Berger on 7 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For a pickup group this seems a wonderfully harmonised group. I was surprised at how good it is, each individual contributing strongly, not always the case where the genius of Monk was concerned. This is now one of my favourite Monk CDs, of which I have many. I think their rendering of Round Midnight is superb, the underrated Harold Land and Monk's regular saxophonist Charlie Rouse contributing excellent solos, and the work of the trumpeter Joe Gordon, not a name with which I am familiar, is also excellent. Among the plethora of Thelonious Monk issues and reissues this one is a nice surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lurcher on 13 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album for 'Round Midnight'a twenty minute version with leisurely solos taken by all the members of the group, they give it their all and the overall effect is exstremely moving,you can loose yourself in the music.To my mind all other versions of this track pale into insignificance.I seldom listen to the other tracks but still think it was good value.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Monk at his "live" best 16 Feb 2000
By Michael A. Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was recorded in San Francisco's legendary Blackhawk jazz club. It turned out to be a last-minute project, as originally Monk was to perform with west coast drummer Shelly Manne, but the sound was not there. A last-ditch, one night only effort by the producer added trumpeter Joe Gordon and sax player Harold Land. The result was a very creative piece of work done in a very intimate setting. Monk, known for his "odd times" and "strange keys", sounded as if he had much more than just the one day of rehearsal prior to that night. It was recorded live in a club, and the full accompanyment of sounds heard in intimate jazz clubs of the day are prevalent. Cross talk, phones ringing, dinnerware and cash registers chinging can be heard faintly in the background, but that is part of what makes this album special. If you have the right sound system, you will actually feel as if you're in the Blackhawk with Monk on that night in 1960.
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my most listened-to Monk record 8 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of about twenty Monk records in my collection, this is the one I listen to most often. In fact, out of hundreds or thousands of recordings across many genres, this is one of those I listen to again and again. It hasn't gotten filed away for years. I can't tell you why in analytical terms, but that fact alone has to count for something. I was inspired to comment here because a previous reviewer referred to "some guys talking during the bonus tracks". True, a nearly-comprehensible conversation among members of the audience is captured on one of those tracks, but I have always thought that the annoyance was interesting since one of the voices sounds unmistakably like Orrin Keepnews, the record's producer and founder of Riverside Records. I guess its a fluke that I know what his voice sounds like to begin with - I've heard him speak occasionally at jazz shows and festivals around the Bay Area. Anyway, that's not a reason to buy the record, its just not a reason not to. I guess I like "At The Blackhawk" because it documents Thelonious and his associates on a typically oustanding night on the road in a small club in San Francisco in 1960.
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This Is Great Jazz 15 May 2005
By R. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A previous reviewer describes this performance as "a hurried attempt to salvage a failed session.." and goes on to direct you to other albums instead. DO NOT BE MISLEAD!

If you've an ear for music, if you love music, you will find every sense filled, every want satisfied with this wonderful album. Like the reviewer above, I am not going to tell you about the mood or health of the musicians present, or quote info out of context - these 'snippets' are generally misleading.

This is without any doubt, one of the best Monk albums out there. This is great jazz, great music, even if some of the anoraks don't see it!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Prime Monk live 8 July 2004
By Evan Chandlee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the latter part of his career, Monk favored the tenor 4tet format. Notwithstanding a few recording sessions with larger groups, his audience discovered his music via the 4tet and the solos (rare in concert). This is why the 5tet in SF is so appreciated. The rhythm section comprises Monk's regular bassist at the time, the very melodic John Ore, and LA-NYC stalwart Billy Higgins, who gives a bounce and an incredibly relaxed energy to Monk's music that few if any drummers before or after were able to give him. The addition of 2 hornmen gives wings to Charlie Rouse, very much the lead in ensemble and solo. Joe Gordon, dispaying a gorgeous bebop-brass tone, and the brilliant and emotional Herb Land quickly rise to the occasion and Monk's demands: make the pianist's tunes sing. Higgins never again recorded with Monk, but it could be said that having recorded the session, Billy had made his mark with this music, because here he defined a Monkian drumming comparable to none. It sounds like he was born to this music, as though he'd played it all his life.
Of course a few of the ensembles are a little ragged - guaranteed to infuriate Monk - but these are some very happy people, "deep in a dream of Monk".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another Unique Combo 21 Feb 2010
By Ralph Jarmon - Published on Amazon.com
that illustrates how Monk's genius both melded with and inspired so many other great musicians. Both Land and Gordon sound great siding with Monk on this album. It's always an intriguing musical adventure to hear how Monk combines with different sideman outside his regular quartet with Rouse. Of course, Rouse was great with Monk, but I really dig the albums with Coltrane and Rollins. And this session with Land and Gordon just shows another aspect of Monks ability to boost anyone who flies by his side. Monk's energy and inspiration were contagious and Land and Gordon caught it here. The live audience does not detract.
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