Thelonious Monk Live At The It Club 1964

Live At The It Club is a live album by jazz piano great Thelonious Monk and his band.

It was recorded on October 31 and November 1, 1964 and was finally released in 1982.

In 1998 it was extended to include virtually the complete performance. I’ve read that the tape for one song was flawed.

Playing on this album are:

Thelonious Monk – piano,
Charlie Rouse – tenor sax,
Larry Gales – bass,
Ben Riley – drums.

Thelonious Monk Live At The It Club

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Songs On The Original Thelonious Monk Live At The It Club Album

Side One
Blue Monk
Well, You Needn’t
Round Midnight

Side Two
Blues Five Spot
Bemsha Swing

Side Three
Straight, No Chaser

Side Four
Gallop’s Gallop
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are

That’s twelve tracks in total.

On The 1998 CD Release Of Thelonious Monk Live At The It Club

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)

That’s seven tracks added in total. The Epistrophy (Theme) which closes the two sets, Teo, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, Bright Mississippi, Just You, Just Me, and All The Things You Are.

This is a very good album. An excellent set list and a terrific performance. Rouse may not match Coltrane as a saxophone player in terms of skill but I find his solos are very sympathetic with the songs. The rhythm section is tight and the sound quality very clear with polite applause at the end of the songs.

This could easily become one of my go to live jazz albums alongside Mingus’s Cornell 1964 and Dolphy’s Live At The Five Spot.


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