Thelonious Monk “Paris 1969”

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 Thelonious Monk 

Paris 1969

By Dean S.

This late period concert finds Monk in fine, even effusive, form.  Joined by long-time tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, and a young but very effective rhythm section, Thelonious swings through a remarkable set of predominantly original works.  Solo space is fittingly dominated by Monk and Rouse, whose familiarity and agility within the context of these compositions is surpassed only by the pianist himself.  Monk is having a rollicking good-time, and his expansive solos, while maintaining their unique emphases and angularity, clearly demonstrate his familiarity and fluency with the hard swinging stride idiom.

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