429

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco Thelonious Monk's solo recordings offer fascinating insight into the compositional and improvisational talents of one of music's true oddballs, and Alone In San Francisco is widely considered to be his best in this format.

Unencumbered by bass and drums, Monk is at his most introspective, taking advantage of the liquid tempo to patiently work though a series of originals and a few pop songs from his childhood, all of which, of course, are rendered in his inimitable style. Monk's method of creation is like a sculptor working with a hammer and chisel: very methodical and precise, yet leaving a lot of dust on the floor. It's a wonder that Monk can create such beauty out of disjointed rhythms and seemingly errant notes, but there's no denying that songs like "Pannonica and "Ruby My Dear are elegant gems in their own right. There are also two new tunes, "Bluehawk and "Round Lights.

While classics like Brilliant Corners will always be the first albums that come to mind with Monk, solo recordings like Alone In San Francisco display a different side of the pianist and are worth exploring.


Track Listing: Blue Monk; Ruby, My Dear; Round Lights; Everything Happens To Me; You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart; Bluehawk; Pannonica; Remember; Theres Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie (take 2); Reflections; Theres Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie (take 1).

Personnel: Thelonious Monk: solo piano.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Instants Of Time" CD/LP/Track Review Instants Of Time
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 4, 2016
Read "Rumba Con Flores" CD/LP/Track Review Rumba Con Flores
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: March 15, 2016
Read "Cuts" CD/LP/Track Review Cuts
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Book II" CD/LP/Track Review Book II
by John Sharpe
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Further Explorations" CD/LP/Track Review Further Explorations
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 23, 2016
Read "Musings" CD/LP/Track Review Musings
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 11, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!