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In September of 1964, when Thelonious Monk was looking for a bass player, Larry Gales was recommended. The rest is history. Gales remained with the Monk quartet until just before Christmas 1968, and was the bassist for the Thelonious Monk Quartet’s principal period. Gales started playing bass as a youngster, and by 1956 was studying at the Manhattan School of Music. He had played with the Lockjaw Davis/Johnny Griffin Quintet, Junior Mance, Joe Williams and Herbie Mann before joining up with Monk in ’64. He remained as the bassist with Monk until 1968, whereupon he relocated out to Los Angeles where he became a prolific and highly sought session man and accompanist. Gales did one noteworthy album as leader: “A Message From Monk.”

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Album

Palo Alto

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ruby, My Dear; Well, You Needn’t; Don’t Blame Me: Blue Monk: Epistrophy: I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius

Read "Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius" reviewed by Chris May


Thelonious Monk's position in cultural history grows in stature with each passing year and every new generation. Lionised by jazz fans and a continuing influence on musicians, Monk in 2020 is also held to be a hero by the hip hop movement. While his music no longer has the power to shock that it once possessed, ...

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Article: Album Review

Thelonious Monk: Palo Alto

Read "Palo Alto" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Earth-shattering? The best live Thelonious Monk recording ever? Who knows? Probably not. But it is Monk, so Palo Alto, comes to us with all the scholarly fandom brouhaha we accord these wonderful little things that gratefully drop in our laps from troubled time to troubled time. For anyone not paying attention to the jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk

Read "Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

News: Recording

Mingus, Monk & Weather Report: From Legacy in July

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with three new Complete Album Collections from the Columbia and RCA archives by the greatest names in modern jazz: Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection: 7 titles, 10 CDs The Thelonious Monk Quartet: The Complete Studio Albums Collection: ...

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Article: Album Review

Clifford Lamb: One

Read "One" reviewed by Larry Taylor


It's a pleasure to discover a jazz performer. whose style is unique. Pianist Clifford Lamb is in this category as he displays in One. Hailing from Oakland, California, he has put together San Francisco Bay area musicians, Darrell Green on drums and Ron Belcher, bass, who help considerably to bring out his individualistic touch. ...

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Article: Interview

Robin D.G. Kelley on Thelonious Monk: The Man, the Myth, the Music

Read "Robin D.G. Kelley on Thelonious Monk: The Man, the Myth, the Music" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Robin D.G. Kelley is the author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009), the already definitive biography that has received rave reviews in the press and is the topic of conversation of Monk fans and musicians everywhere. Author Robin D.G. Kelley Kelley offers the rich ...

Album

A Message From Monk

Label: Candid Records
Released: 2007


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