Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music - for once, they were right.

Thelonious Monk Quartet – Live In Copenhagen 1961 – Past Daily Downbeat

Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music - for once, they were right.
Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music – for once, they were right.

Thelonious Monk Quartet – Live in Copenhagen – May 17, 1961 – Radio Denmark –

A birthday celebration for Thelonious Monk this week. A concert recorded in Copenhagen on May 17th 1961 by Danish Radio, the Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Charlie Rouse, John Ore and Frankie Dunlop.

This concert comes around the time Monk was ending his relationship with Riverside Records and about the sign with Columbia Records in what would become a new era in his career.

By 1961, Monk had established a more or less permanent quartet consisting of Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, John Ore (later Butch Warren and then Larry Gales) on bass, and Frankie Dunlop (later Ben Riley) on drums. He performed with his own big band at Lincoln Center (1963), and at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the quartet toured Europe in 1961 and Japan in 1963. In 1962, Monk had also signed with Columbia records, one of the biggest labels in the world, and in February of 1964 he became the third jazz musician in history to grace the cover of Time Magazine.

As always, the ever-innovative and unpredictable ensemble is in great form. However, this would be some of the last live appearances with Ore and Dunlop, as they would leave and be replaced by Larry Gales and Ben Riley.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday than getting into some Thelonious Monk. One of the true giants of American Music, Thelonious Monk has long been considered one of the most important figures in the field of Jazz. His innovations and style have put him in a class alongside Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in figures who have made inestimable contributions in America’s Art Form. The Danish Radio recording team do a great job, so you’ve got no excuses.

Turn it up and relax. The Genius of Modern Music is in the room.

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