San Francisco Holiday. Art Blakey joins the group for a quick chaotic theme of "Bye-Ya/Epistrophy" from NY's Five Spot (also '58). In the San Francisco concert tracks recorded in '60, the quartet is joined by an additional sax man, Harold Land, and trumpeter Joe Gordon (who has an attractive, slurred style). The ensemble churns out eloquent, improvised licks on superior takes of "San Francisco Holiday" and "Four In One," (which features one of Monk's loopiest themes).
The first cuts, from a '59 show at New York City's Town Hall, feature extremely energetic performances on three of Monk's best known pieces: "In Walked Bud," "Blue Monk" and "Rhythm-a-Ning" (with a tremendous tenor sax solo by Charlie Rouse, fragmented, lyrical keyboard essays by Monk and a fine, layered solo by beatkeeper Arthur Taylor). Art Blakey joins the group for a quick chaotic theme of "Bye-Ya/Epistrophy" from NY's Five Spot (also '58)
It is a collection from four live performances between 1958 and 1961, a period when Monk was at his absolute best. And what a collection it is, in terms tunes selected, his band members, and overall length (69 minutes).
Thelonious Monk - San Francisco Holiday. San Francisco Holiday. Download MP3. Thelonious Monk.
San Francisco Holiday" (take 3 – originally issued) – 9:09. Four In One" (take 2 – originally issued) – 8:42. Epistrophy" (closing theme) (previously unissued) – 1:15. Thelonious Monk, Orrin Keepnews (liner notes) (1986) Thelonious Monk: The Complete Riverside Recordings, 15 audio CDs in 4 volumes, pp. liner notes and discography. Berkeley, CA: Riverside Records, RCD-022-2.
San Francisco Holiday. Artist: Thelonious Monk. Album: Live 1961, 2013.
|In Walked Bud|
|San Francisco Holiday (Take 2-Alternate)|
|Four In One (Take 1-Alternate)|
|April In Paris|
|MCD-9199-2||Thelonious Monk||San Francisco Holiday (CD, Comp)||Milestone||MCD-9199-2||US||1992|
|0025218919920||Thelonious Monk||San Francisco Holiday (CD, Comp, RE)||Milestone||0025218919920||Europe||2006|