Country : United States Label : Impulse! Genres and styles : Bebop / Jazz Year : 2020

Palo Alto

· by Steve Naud

The story behind this new live recording of Thelonious Monk is worthy of a film script. In 1968, Dany Scher was a 15-year-old jazz fanatic attending Palo Alto High School in California. In order to raise funds for the school’s international program and to bring together the racial communities of the then very divided municipality, he decided to organize a concert featuring one of his idols: the already legendary Thelonious Sphere Monk. 

On the afternoon of October 27, after a few adventures, the Scher family car brought the great pianist and members of his quartet – saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Larry Gales, and drummer Ben Riley – to the school where they were to perform. The school caretaker, a musician on his own time, tuned the piano. To thank him, he was allowed to record the concert. Fifty years later, Scher found the tape on which the event was immortalized in his attic. This explains why the whole world can now listen to the music played within the walls of the high school that afternoon. 

But what about the recording? First of all, let’s take the time to thank the janitor because the sound quality is just right, allowing us to fully appreciate the six pieces Monk had chosen to perform for the occasion. The iconoclastic pianist must have been pleased with this extraordinary context, since he was particularly inspired by it and the group he was conducting was also on fire. “Well, You Needn’t” and “Blue Monk”, the two longest pieces of the concert, are genuine fireworks, in which each member of the quartet produces multicoloured sparks. Fans of the pianist who have a penchant for solo performances also have something to look forward to with “Don’t Blame Me” and “I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams”. Some very fine Monk!

Latest 360 Content

Habitat Sonore at Centre Phi| Summer playlist and ideal venue for active, immersive listening

Habitat Sonore at Centre Phi| Summer playlist and ideal venue for active, immersive listening

HABITAT SONORE :  the music that rocks Montreal… and the Phi Center !

HABITAT SONORE :  the music that rocks Montreal… and the Phi Center !

Piknic Électronik | Pretty Privilege is aiming joy and sassiness

Piknic Électronik | Pretty Privilege is aiming joy and sassiness

Suoni | Sara Davachi and the idea of being played by No Hay Banda

Suoni | Sara Davachi and the idea of being played by No Hay Banda

Phi Centre | KALLITECHNIS is about sensuality and introspection

Phi Centre | KALLITECHNIS is about sensuality and introspection

Dumai Dunai – Sometime Between Now and Never

Dumai Dunai – Sometime Between Now and Never

Montréal Baroque Fest 2024 : discover the ‘’Multiverse’’ programming

Montréal Baroque Fest 2024 : discover the ‘’Multiverse’’ programming

L’Orchestre de l’Agora, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Claudie Bertounesque, Richard Strauss, Élizabeth St-Gelais | Nicolas Ellis explains the Gala de la Terre

L’Orchestre de l’Agora, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Claudie Bertounesque, Richard Strauss, Élizabeth St-Gelais | Nicolas Ellis explains the Gala de la Terre

Bell Orchestre becomes immersive and interactive, House Music becomes Sound House at SAT

Bell Orchestre becomes immersive and interactive, House Music becomes Sound House at SAT

INTERVIEW: Dumai Dunai releases debut album

INTERVIEW: Dumai Dunai releases debut album

Der Kaiser von Atlantis: a modest but important production

Der Kaiser von Atlantis: a modest but important production

SAT Dômesicle | Elena Colombi, a lot from the head for the body

SAT Dômesicle | Elena Colombi, a lot from the head for the body

Jill Barber: in French, again and always!

Jill Barber: in French, again and always!

Kaytranada – Timeless

Kaytranada – Timeless

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly – Mestizk

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly – Mestizk

Classica Festival – Piazzolla, de New York à Paris

Classica Festival – Piazzolla, de New York à Paris

Los Days – Dusty Dreams

Los Days – Dusty Dreams

Ana Lua Caiano – Vou Ficar Neste Quadrado

Ana Lua Caiano – Vou Ficar Neste Quadrado

Patrick Giguère – Intimes exubérances

Patrick Giguère – Intimes exubérances

6 women, 3 operas and a beautiful evening of premieres

6 women, 3 operas and a beautiful evening of premieres

Suoni Per Il Popolo | Kiva Stimac explains her artistic direction

Suoni Per Il Popolo | Kiva Stimac explains her artistic direction

Sandra Contour – J’ai pas d’visite

Sandra Contour – J’ai pas d’visite

Surrealist dive at Innovations en concert

Surrealist dive at Innovations en concert

Subscribe to our newsletter