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on 2 November 2009
"Thelonious Alone in San Francisco" is perhaps the finest of Monk's solo albums -- although Thelonious Himself and Solo Monk are also both highly recommended for Monk fans. The album features Monk on fine form, performing a mixture of originals and standards in the reverberant Fugazi Hall, also a favourite venue of the Beat Poets and namechecked in Allen Ginsberg's "Howl".

Hearing Monk play unaccompanied emphasizes both his rhythmic playfulness and his oddly beautiful harmonic approach. "Blue Monk" showcases his unorthodox take on stride piano, while his rendition of "Ruby My Dear" is my personal favourite of the countless versions available. And for collectors, it's the only chance to hear two Monk originals, "Round Lights" and "Bluehawk," as well as his gorgeous reinvention of the cheesy 1930 ballad "There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie."

So if you want to indulge in some quiet solitude, let Monk's music keep you company.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 6 August 2016
This overlooked solo piano album from Thelonious Monk(1917-82) was recorded on two afternoons in October, 1959 at Fungazi Hall in San Francisco.
Monk is in ruminative mood on 6 of his own compositions including 2 intriguing new ones; 'Blue Hawk' & 'Round Lights' which he never recorded again.
There are also 4 standards with the unlikely inclusion of a 1929 number 'There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie'(2 takes).
This beautifully recorded album is a fine example of Monk's solo playing and deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.
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on 31 May 2015
Record condition is poor plays scratchy with scor marks on the vinyl
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