Live at the It Club: Complete Live, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The band was an fire-- their interaction managed during these shows to strike a great balance between tight interaction and looseness. Rouse and Monk had reached a level of near-psychic interaction, with the tenor man's almost brittle tone and tight theme-based improv providing a perfect opportunity for Monk's sort of frantic accompaniment to settle. In Larry Gales, Monk had a bassist who managed to strike the fine balance between prodding and supporting, weaving between holding down the fort and responding to the leader. And while common wisdom states that Art Blakey was the perfect drummer for Monk, I'd assert that Ben Riley was in fact Monk's best drum partner-- his performance is sensitive, laid back, and inventive, by and large lacking in flash but at the same time being perfecty Monkish.
The performance covers six sets over two nights-- October 31 and November 1-- omitting one performance that evidentally had a serious tape flaw and excess "Epistrophy" theme statements (Monk ended each show with this). In addition, producer Teo Macero's edits, done to support the limited time allowed on the LP format-- have been undone and the complete performances are allowed to breathe.Read more ›
Live at the It Club, recorded in Los Angeles in 1964, is one of my Monk favorites. It contains many of Monk's essentials, from the angular Straight, No Chaser, Bright Mississippi, and Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are, to the eerily mellow Misterioso and Blue Monk, along with the melancholic 'Round Midnight, and Monk's trademark Epistrophy. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You and Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are also receive the Monk treatment. Well, You Needn't, Rhythm-A-Ning, Bemsha Swing, Nutty and Teo are among the other tunes that sound great on this reissue.
I've read that Monk's performances were either terrific or horrific, and that they were only as good as his audience's reaction to his playing. I own several live recordings of Monk's and this perhaps is the best, despite the shaky start on Misterioso. Although perhaps not as outrageous as some of his other performances, Monk attacks the piano, showcasing his unmistakable style of play, while Charlie Rouse, as recognizable on tenor sax as Monk is on piano, is fabulous. Larry Gales has several great bass solos, and Ben Riley is tight on drums.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Monk had an interesting live history, and this release plays into that nicely. Banned from playing in New York clubs for many years, and never given the opportunity for many out of... Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Disink
bought it for my brother in law and he was ecstatic. you should have seen the look on his face when he opened up on Xmas morning.Published on June 26, 2014 by TU PAPA`
The quality of this 1964 recording is amazing. I could hear the resonance/character of the particular piano played by T. Monk in the IT Club each time a piano key is struck. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by jcwm
I never had any of the partials of these 2 gigs (10/31 and 11/1/64), so I don't know in exactly what ways the previous issues were edited/mastered/compressed etc... Read morePublished on January 10, 2005 by Pharoah S. Wail
I'm a huge Monk fan. I think that he is one of the greatest jazz players to grace the piano bench. Furthermore, this particular quartet of his, made up of three practical... Read morePublished on August 25, 2004 by August Murphy-King
For me, restoring the songs to their original length turned out to be problematic in the case of "Live at the It Club". Read morePublished on May 27, 2003
This is an absolutely wonderful live double album. The sound quality is first-rate, and just begs you to crank up the volume. Read morePublished on September 30, 2001 by Gilly Bean