In Italy - Thelonious Monk

In Italy - Thelonious Monk


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Recorded from a live show in Milan in 1961 and later released in 1963, Thelonious Monk’s In Italy would be his last release on the Riverside record label. At this point in his career, he had already established himself as a competent, stand-out pianist. This live set captured that and more with its swinging vibe and understated leadership on the keys. The recordings on this LP were originally part of a two LP set, with the other containing a performance from Paris. In later years the two have been split, giving us the reissues we have today. Classics like “Straight, No Chaser” and “Body and Soul” were no-brainer inclusions for his first European tour and also made their way onto the final LP release. Charlie Rouse, John Ore, and Frankie Dunlop rounded out the quartet and also deserve praise for bringing these songs to fullness just as Monk did.


Side A

  1. Jackieing

  2. Epistrophy

  3. Body And Soul

  4. Straight, No Chaser

Side B

  1. Bemsha Swing

  2. San Francisco Holiday

  3. Crepuscule With Nellie

  4. Rhythm-a-ning