June 19, 2020
Recorded at a high school in Palo Alto.
A Thelonious Monk performance from 1968, called Palo Alto, is being released for the via Impulse! Records this July.
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In the autumn of 1968, a then 16-year-old Danny Scher set his sights on bringing Thelonious Monk and his quartet to play a benefit concert at his high school in Palo Alto, California, to help work towards racial unity in his community.
With nothing to rely on but a telephone, posters and a pitch, Scher eventually managed to organise the concert for October.
The 47-minute performance features Monk on piano alongside his touring band – tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Larry Gales, and drummer Ben Riley – performing songs including ‘Ruby My Dear’, ‘Well You Needn’t’, and ‘Epistrophy’.
Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Palo Alto’s 31st July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Ruby, My Dear
2. Well, You Needn’t
1. Don’t Blame Me
2. Blue Monk
4. I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams