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At the Blackhawk [Live]

Thelonious Monk, T. S. MonkAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  5. Evidence 7:07Album Only
listen  6. San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later) 9:10Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monk at his "live" best February 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded in San Francisco's legendary Blackhawk jazz club. It turned out to be a last-minute project, as originally Monk was to perform with west coast drummer Shelly Manne, but the sound was not there. A last-ditch, one night only effort by the producer added trumpeter Joe Gordon and sax player Harold Land. The result was a very creative piece of work done in a very intimate setting. Monk, known for his "odd times" and "strange keys", sounded as if he had much more than just the one day of rehearsal prior to that night. It was recorded live in a club, and the full accompanyment of sounds heard in intimate jazz clubs of the day are prevalent. Cross talk, phones ringing, dinnerware and cash registers chinging can be heard faintly in the background, but that is part of what makes this album special. If you have the right sound system, you will actually feel as if you're in the Blackhawk with Monk on that night in 1960.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my most listened-to Monk record November 8, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Of about twenty Monk records in my collection, this is the one I listen to most often. In fact, out of hundreds or thousands of recordings across many genres, this is one of those I listen to again and again. It hasn't gotten filed away for years. I can't tell you why in analytical terms, but that fact alone has to count for something. I was inspired to comment here because a previous reviewer referred to "some guys talking during the bonus tracks". True, a nearly-comprehensible conversation among members of the audience is captured on one of those tracks, but I have always thought that the annoyance was interesting since one of the voices sounds unmistakably like Orrin Keepnews, the record's producer and founder of Riverside Records. I guess its a fluke that I know what his voice sounds like to begin with - I've heard him speak occasionally at jazz shows and festivals around the Bay Area. Anyway, that's not a reason to buy the record, its just not a reason not to. I guess I like "At The Blackhawk" because it documents Thelonious and his associates on a typically oustanding night on the road in a small club in San Francisco in 1960.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Great Jazz May 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A previous reviewer describes this performance as "a hurried attempt to salvage a failed session.." and goes on to direct you to other albums instead. DO NOT BE MISLEAD!

If you've an ear for music, if you love music, you will find every sense filled, every want satisfied with this wonderful album. Like the reviewer above, I am not going to tell you about the mood or health of the musicians present, or quote info out of context - these 'snippets' are generally misleading.

This is without any doubt, one of the best Monk albums out there. This is great jazz, great music, even if some of the anoraks don't see it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Monk live July 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the latter part of his career, Monk favored the tenor 4tet format. Notwithstanding a few recording sessions with larger groups, his audience discovered his music via the 4tet and the solos (rare in concert). This is why the 5tet in SF is so appreciated. The rhythm section comprises Monk's regular bassist at the time, the very melodic John Ore, and LA-NYC stalwart Billy Higgins, who gives a bounce and an incredibly relaxed energy to Monk's music that few if any drummers before or after were able to give him. The addition of 2 hornmen gives wings to Charlie Rouse, very much the lead in ensemble and solo. Joe Gordon, dispaying a gorgeous bebop-brass tone, and the brilliant and emotional Herb Land quickly rise to the occasion and Monk's demands: make the pianist's tunes sing. Higgins never again recorded with Monk, but it could be said that having recorded the session, Billy had made his mark with this music, because here he defined a Monkian drumming comparable to none. It sounds like he was born to this music, as though he'd played it all his life.
Of course a few of the ensembles are a little ragged - guaranteed to infuriate Monk - but these are some very happy people, "deep in a dream of Monk".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Unique Combo February 21, 2010
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that illustrates how Monk's genius both melded with and inspired so many other great musicians. Both Land and Gordon sound great siding with Monk on this album. It's always an intriguing musical adventure to hear how Monk combines with different sideman outside his regular quartet with Rouse. Of course, Rouse was great with Monk, but I really dig the albums with Coltrane and Rollins. And this session with Land and Gordon just shows another aspect of Monks ability to boost anyone who flies by his side. Monk's energy and inspiration were contagious and Land and Gordon caught it here. The live audience does not detract.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Monk (corrected version) October 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
In the latter part of his career, Monk favored the tenor 4tet format. Notwithstanding a few recording sessions with larger groups, his audience discovered his music via the 4tet and the solos (rare in concert). This is why the 6tet in SF is so appreciated. The rhythm section comprises Monk's regular bassist at the time, the very melodic John Ore, and LA-NYC stalwart Billy Higgins, who gives a bounce and an incredibly relaxed energy to Monk's music that few if any drummers before or after were able to give him. The 2 added hornmen give wings to Charlie Rouse, very much the lead in ensemble and solo. Joe Gordon, dispaying a gorgeous bebop-brass tone, and the brilliant and emotional Harold Land quickly rise to the occasion and Monk's demands: make the pianist's tunes sing. Higgins never again recorded with Monk, but it could be said that having recorded the session, Billy had made his mark with this music, because here he defined a Monkian drumming comparable to none. It sounds like he was born to this music, as though he'd played it all his life.
Of course a few of the ensembles are a little ragged - guaranteed to infuriate Monk - but these are some very happy people, "deep in a dream of Monk".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Minute Monk Album Makes for Fan Favorite
This is what some music types call a "deep catalog" album. That means that in an extensive career with a lot of records (and Monk had both), some albums rise to the top, others... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Disink
5.0 out of 5 stars Two amazing musicians live!
As both a Monk and Harold Land fan this album is one of my cherished gems and I am not disappointed in any way. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monk Gem (but choose this earlier edition)
Monk is in rare, inspired form on this session, and I suspect much of the passion stems from the musicianship with which he's surrounded. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Samuel Chell
4.0 out of 5 stars At the Blackhawk
Great cd in great shape send to me in short time. Almost as good as new they said and that's the truth. I'm happy!
Published on January 8, 2012 by imanspaargaren
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great night for Monk!
If you are a follower of jazz pianists, Thelonious Monk's recordings are required listening. Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At the Blackhawk captures one amazing night at the... Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Frank Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are There
This recording transports me back to the golden era of jazz. I am there - as it's happening with one of the geniuses of jazz with an incredible group.
Published on January 3, 2007 by Witold K. Urbanowicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Late Riverside Monk
This album was recorded in April 1960 as a hurried attempt to salvage a failed session co-led by Monk & the West Coast drummer Shelly Manne (who simply never hit it off after 2... Read more
Published on November 20, 2001 by N. Dorward
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