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Thelonious Monk Quartet: Jazz 625


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My favorite Thelonious Monk quartet featured Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Monk on piano, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The group was recorded extensively on tour and in the studio from 1964 to 1968. On March 14,1965, they were at the Marquee Club in London before a live audience for the BBC2's Jazz 625. The TV show's title refers to the BBC2's broadcast on 625-lines UHF rather than the 405-lines VHF system used by the other channels at the time.

Here's the Thelonious Monk Quartet on the hour-long show:

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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