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Live at the It Club Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062F9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blue Monk
2. Well, You Needn't
3. 'Round Midnight
4. Rhythm-A-Ning
5. Blues Five Spot
6. Bemsha Swing
7. Evidence
8. Nutty
9. Epistrophy (Theme)
Disc: 2
1. Straight, No Chaser
2. Teo
3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4. Misterioso
5. Gallop's Gallop
6. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are
7. Bright Mississippi
8. Just You, Just Me
9. All The Things You Are
10. Epistrophy (Theme)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. BENITO DE VALLE on 22 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This double Cd recorded at the It club is an absolute gem. Monk plays at his best and the acoustics of the club and quality of the life recording is simply fantastic. Totally recommended.
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Format: Audio CD
This excellent 2-CD set from the great pianist/composer Thelonious Monk(1917-1982) was recorded live at the It Club in San Francisco on October 31/November 1, 1964 with Charlie Rouse(tenor sax); Larry Gales(bass) & Ben Riley(drums).
Three previously unissued tunes, 'Teo', 'Bright Mississippi' & 'Just You, Just Me' are included and nine others have been restored to full-length with bass & drum solos.
The quartet is on inspired form and Monk is especially exuberant on impressive versions of 'Rhythm-A-Ning', 'Nutty', 'Misterioso' & the rarely-played 'Gallop's Gallop'.
Monk appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1964 and this atmospheric live recording from the same year contains over 150 minutes of inventive and exhilarating modern jazz which captures his great quartet at its peak.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
One of the best by Monk's long-standing quartet. 31 Oct 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On Halloween of 1964, Thelonious Monk's quartet (Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums) had been together a little more than six months (although Rouse had been with Monk for several years prior and Riley had been with him for about a year; additionally Riley and Gales had played together in "Lockjaw" Davis' band)-- it'd be over two years before any of the group would leave Monk. During this window, a number of superb recordings were made, but I'd assert that "Live at the It Club" is best of them.

The band was an fire-- their interaction managed during these shows to strike a great balance between tight interaction and looseness. Rouse and Monk had reached a level of near-psychic interaction, with the tenor man's almost brittle tone and tight theme-based improv providing a perfect opportunity for Monk's sort of frantic accompaniment to settle. In Larry Gales, Monk had a bassist who managed to strike the fine balance between prodding and supporting, weaving between holding down the fort and responding to the leader. And while common wisdom states that Art Blakey was the perfect drummer for Monk, I'd assert that Ben Riley was in fact Monk's best drum partner-- his performance is sensitive, laid back, and inventive, by and large lacking in flash but at the same time being perfecty Monkish.

The performance covers six sets over two nights-- October 31 and November 1-- omitting one performance that evidentally had a serious tape flaw and excess "Epistrophy" theme statements (Monk ended each show with this). In addition, producer Teo Macero's edits, done to support the limited time allowed on the LP format-- have been undone and the complete performances are allowed to breathe. The resulting sets are superb-- Monk mixes favorites with more obscure cuts, the performances throughout are amazing. Particular highlights are an excited and somewhat moody take of "Well, You Needn't", an ecstatic reading of "Bemsha Swing", and a superb take of the rarely heard "Gallop's Gallop", where Rouse really gets to show his inventiveness. But the truth is there's not a bad performance on the set.

In addition to being a great performance for fans, this may be a great place for newcomers to start, it really is a fine performance. Highly recommended.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Thelonious as he was meant to be heard: LIVE in a club! 3 Mar 2000
By richard monk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own at least a dozen Monk CD's. This is the one I would keep if I had to keep just one. The quality of the recording is absolutely the best. Dyanmics are lifelike. It sounds like you are there in It! The material is a superb mix of Monk classic originals and standards that swing. My favorite cuts include a deeply beautiful "I'm getting sentimental over you", which Monk plays very expressively, yet in a way on one else can. I like "Just You, Just Me" (which was previously unreleased) even better. It it my favorite of the 19 cuts. It also has a swinging tempo, great playing by Mr. Rouse, and humorous piano work by Monk. "Live at the It Club" seems to me to be the Thelonious Monk disc that best captures his live club work. I can only imagine what it was like to see the maestro at work, but the sound of these CDs goes a long way toward transporting me to the crowded, smoky, late night club atmosphere where Monk shone so brilliantly. So many of Monk's greatest works are represented here ("Nutty" has never been recorded, or performed, better in my opinion), that I think "Live at the It Club" should be heralded as the place to start for anyone wanting to hear a Thelonious Monk recording. Charlie Rouse wails and grinds on his sax, Ben Riley's drums and cymbals sound very realistic and keep the pulse pumping, while the bass is full and deep. Great sonics. I can't imagine a better Monk recording, unless, it included video, to see Monk play and use the piano to make such exquisite jazz.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Unmistakably a Genius 23 July 2002
By J. Conrad Guest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Thelonious Monk in the mid-1980s, shortly after his death in 1982, and have been enjoying his music ever since, delighted that so much of his music has been and continues to be reissued on CD. Monk led the bebop movement in the '40s and '50s, but came into his own in the 1960s, appearing on the cover of Time Magazine in 1964. His music was often misunderstood and ridiculed, but such was his genius that although attempts have been made to imitate him, no one has ever been able to duplicate his sound. And now, in the 21st century, he is enjoying perhaps his greatest success posthumously.
Live at the It Club, recorded in Los Angeles in 1964, is one of my Monk favorites. It contains many of Monk's essentials, from the angular Straight, No Chaser, Bright Mississippi, and Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are, to the eerily mellow Misterioso and Blue Monk, along with the melancholic 'Round Midnight, and Monk's trademark Epistrophy. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You and Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are also receive the Monk treatment. Well, You Needn't, Rhythm-A-Ning, Bemsha Swing, Nutty and Teo are among the other tunes that sound great on this reissue.
I've read that Monk's performances were either terrific or horrific, and that they were only as good as his audience's reaction to his playing. I own several live recordings of Monk's and this perhaps is the best, despite the shaky start on Misterioso. Although perhaps not as outrageous as some of his other performances, Monk attacks the piano, showcasing his unmistakable style of play, while Charlie Rouse, as recognizable on tenor sax as Monk is on piano, is fabulous. Larry Gales has several great bass solos, and Ben Riley is tight on drums. This version puts the entire original performance back together: 11 cuts have been restored to their entirety, and three previously unreleased songs have been added to this 20-bit re-mastered classic. Some great photos are also included, along with liner notes written by Bob Blumenthal.
Sadly, shortly before his death, Monk simply stopped playing. Perhaps the joy of playing music had gone out of him; but what a thrill to see his music alive and well, and that new generations of music lovers are embracing this genius as never before.
Whether you've never heard Monk play or are merely looking to add to your Monk collection, this set is highly recommended. Long live Monk!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thelonious as he was meant to be heard: LIVE in a club! 3 Mar 2000
By richard monk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own at least a dozen Monk CD's. This is the one I would keep if I had to keep just one. The quality of the recording is absolutely the best. Dyanmics are lifelike. It sounds like you are there in It! The material is a superb mix of Monk classic originals and standards that swing. My favorite cuts include a deeply beautiful "I'm getting sentimental over you", which Monk plays very expressively, yet in a way on one else can. I like "Just You, Just Me" (which was previously unreleased) even better. It it my favorite of the 19 cuts. It also has a swinging tempo, great playing by Mr. Rouse, and humorous piano work by Monk. "Live at the It Club" seems to me to be the Thelonious Monk disc that best captures his live club work. I can only imagine what it was like to see the maestro at work, but the sound of these CDs goes a long way toward transporting me to the crowded, smoky, late night club atmosphere where Monk shone brilliantly. So many of Monk's greatest works are represented here ("Nutty" has never been recorded, or performed, better in my opinion), that I think "Live at the It Club" should be heralded as the place to start for anyone wanting to hear a Thelonious Monk recording. Charlie Rouse wails and grinds on his sax, Ben Riley's drums and cymbols sound very realistic and keep the pulse pumping, while the bass is full and deep. Great sonics. I can't imagine a better Monk recording, unless, it included video, to see Monk play and use the piano to make such exquisite jazz.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Live performance 26 May 2001
By kelsmj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I loved this album, and I think it is the best Live Thelonious Monk you can get and I have all of them. The sound is excellent, the song selection is killer and the band is tight! Trust me, you can't go wrong.
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