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San Francisco Holiday

Thelonious Monk Audio CD


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As influential as he proved to be during the final decades of his lifetime, it appears that Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-82) has only gained greater stature in the years since his death. Once considered too eccentric and complex to be appreciated by listeners and other musicians, Monk has become a standard of excellence, as both composer and soloist, for those who seek to extend the jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Thelonious Monk Store

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. In Walked Bud (Live) 7:09Album Only
Listen  2. Blue Monk (Live) 8:12Album Only
Listen  3. Rhythm-A-Ning (Live) 6:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bye-Ya/Epistrophy (Live)11:53Album Only
Listen  5. San Francisco Holiday (Take 2 alternate) 8:28Album Only
Listen  6. Four in One (Live - (take 1 alternate)) 7:34Album Only
Listen  7. Epistrophy (Live) 1:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jackie-Ing (Live)10:10Album Only
Listen  9. April In Paris (Live) 1:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Epistrophy (Live) 6:130.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thelonious live, and at the top of his game 8 Jan 2001
By Brad Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Of the 16 Thelonious Monk CDs I own, San Francisco Holiday is my favorite. It is a collection from four live performances between 1958 and 1961, a period when Monk was at his absolute best. And what a collection it is, in terms tunes selected, his band members, and overall length (69 minutes). Swinging, enthusiastic and inspired versions of "In Walked Bud," "Blue Monk," and "Rhythm-A-Ning" from a concert at Town Hall in New York with Charlie Rouse on sax, Sam Jones on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. My favorite, though, is "Bye-Ya/Epistrophy," which is nearly 12 minutes of pure magic from the Five Spot in NYC featuring Art Blakey on drums, Johnny Griffin on sax and Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass. Three tunes from a performance at San Francisco's Black Hawk with a trio of horns (Joe Gordon on trumpet and Rouse and Harold Land on sax) and three from a concert at Theatre L'Olympe in Paris round out this wonderful CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem 25 Jun 2001
By kkatstan - Published on Amazon.com
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This one fails to make most lists of Monk's best, but it is a hidden treasure. Strongly recommended for a new-to-Monker because it includes excellent examples of Monk with each of two very different sax players: Charlie Rouse and Johnny Griffin. Both are in top form. Furthermore, the drumming on this album (nothing against Billy Higgins but especially by Art Taylor) is spectacular. Favorite track (fittingly): Bye-ya.
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