Thelonious Monk records his second album : ‘Thelonious Alone in San Francisco’ (1959)

Thelonious Monk’s ‘Thelonious Alone in San Francisco’ is his second solo album, recorded on October 21 and 22, 1959 and released the same year by Riverside.

Track Listing : 1.Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) – 03:44 . 2.Ruby, My Dear (Thelonious Monk) – 03:56 . 3.Round Lights (Thelonious Monk) – 03:34 . 4.Everything Happens To Me (Tom Adair, Matt Dennis) – 05:37 . 5.You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 04:01 . 6.Bluehawk (Thelonious Monk) – 03:37 . 7.Pannonica (Thelonious Monk) – 03:51 . 8.Remember (Irving Berlin) – 02:41 . 9.There’S Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie (Take 2) (Jack Maskill, Harry Richman, Pete Wendling) – 04:18 . 10.Reflections (Thelonious Monk) – 05:06


William Claxton

Musicians : Thelonius Monk – Piano

Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Reice Hamel – Engineer

Package : Paul Bacon – Cover Design . William Claxton asterisques RVM – Photography . Ralph J. Gleason – Liner Notes . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes

Recorded On October 21 And 22, 1959 At Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, Ca.

Released 1959 By Riverside.

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Blogcritics
The gentle humor apparent in ‘Bluehawk’ is a testament to his consistent probing, exploring a song in unusual and fascinating ways. That he never recorded this song again (also true with the song ‘Round Lights’) is a shame, yet makes it all the more special as a result. […]

JazzWax
His playing is a bit more anticipatory and precise in its ferocity. Percussive notes abound, but there’s less abstract hammering and more introspection and use of chord clusters, allowing the beauty of his sudden ideas to sink in before you’re distracted by high-impact notes. […]

PopMatters
It’s a portrait of relaxation—a peak into what it might be like to simply sit around and watch a master work by himself with only his craft. There are also those who believe that Thelonious Alone in San Francisco is one of the greatest jazz music recordings ever because of its detailed journey into such an unparalleled musical mind and because that voyage is set in such a raw atmosphere that the element of intimacy becomes palpable with each listen. […]

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