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Deluxe CD/DVD includes a bonus DVD containing black and white video performance footage and interview. Live archive release from the Jazz legend. Thelonious Monk Paris 1969 is a fascinating and important late-career document of the legendary Jazz pianist and composer in performance with his Quartet at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, France on December 15, 1969. The concert also featured a surprise guest appearance from renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones.
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surprisingly confident, as does Monk himself. The playing is tight, playful, and full of unexpected energy and precision. Paris 1969
is pretty essential for any Monk fan, or for anyone else just interested in jazz.
Whatever that might be, surely they left pleased. Everybody is on here, not the least Monk himself, who gets a rousing ovation for his terrific solo numbers, including perhaps his best version of "Don't Blame Me." The band surprises, too, with Paris Wright giving an extended drum solo in the first "Bright Mississippi" and some real soul from Rouse throughout. There is also a rousing cameo from Philly Joe Jones, and this gives "Nutty" a good spark to end the set. Admittedly, the "captured from the TV show" audio is not as good as it could be, but it's better than most of the bootlegs, and the DVD is entertaining. Overall, it suggests that Monk is on his way back, just needing some good new tunes and a label willing to work with him. That's not where this story ends, unfortunately. Rouse left soon after this tour, the rhythm section fell into relative obscurity, and Monk himself took only intermittent work, excepting his early 70's "Giants of Jazz" tour that did, thankfully, give us some terrific final studio recordings as the tour passed through England. But prior to this release, we had only snippets of the 69 band, and now we can validate that they could really cook up a storm on stage. For those new to live Monk, start with Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, and then move forward to the Johnny Griffin supported Thelonious Monk in Action and Misterioso, as well as Live at the It Club: Complete. But if you're looking to cap off your Monk collection with a snapshot of where he was at the end of the sixties, this is a good place to be.