Palo Alto (LP)

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LABEL: Impulse!
RELEASE DATE: 18/09/2020
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Palo Alto is a previously unknown + unreleased live Thelonious Monk recording.

  • After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, racial tensions across the country rose. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in California, was not immune to the events of the day. Danny Scher, a rising junior at Palo Alto High School, had a dream to bring Thelonious Monk to Palo Alto to perform and help bring about racial unity in his community as well as raise funds for his school’s International Committee.
  • After somehow securing Monk’s services to perform on Sunday, October 27, Scher initially had trouble selling tickets and convincing people that Monk was even going to show up.
  • With many twists and turns along the way and several hundred people waiting in the school’s parking lot to await Monk’s arrival before purchasing tickets, theconcert eventually happened and was a triumph in more ways that Monk or Scher could have imagined. This is a recording of that historic concert.
  • The band is Thelonious Monk – piano /Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone / Larry Gales – bass / Ben Riley – drums.

1. Ruby, My Dear (7:00)

2. Well, You Needn’t (13:16)

3. Don’t Blame Me (6:36)

4. Blue Monk (14:02)

5. Epistrophy (4:26)

6. I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams (2:02)

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