Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

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Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco.jpg
Live album by
Released1959
RecordedOctober 21 and 22, 1959 at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, CA
GenreJazz
Length40:25
LabelRiverside
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Thelonious Monk chronology
5 by Monk by 5
(1959)
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
(1959)
Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars[4]

Thelonious Alone in San Francisco is jazz pianist Thelonious Monk's third solo album, recorded in 1959.[5][6] (Piano Solo, aka Solo 1954, recorded in Paris,[7] and Thelonious Himself (1957), were Monk's previous forays into this form.)

It was recorded in Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, California, on October 21 and 22, 1959, but without an audience present.

"Bluehawk" and "Round Lights" were improvised blues which appeared only in these recorded versions. The other Monk compositions had appeared in prior recordings.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Thelonious Monk unless otherwise noted

Side One

  1. "Blue Monk" - 3:44
  2. "Ruby, My Dear" - 3:56
  3. "Round Lights" - 3:34
  4. "Everything Happens to Me" (Adair, Dennis) - 5:37
  5. "You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart" (Rainger, Robin) - 4:01

Side Two

  1. "Bluehawk" - 3:37
  2. "Pannonica" - 3:51
  3. "Remember" (Irving Berlin) - 2:41
  4. "There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie" (Meskill, Richman, Wendling) - 4:18
  5. "Reflections"- 5:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Thelonious Monk – piano

Reice Hamel (Recording Engineer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Thelonious Alone in San Francisco at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1025. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Thelonious Monk: Making The Piano Hum". NPR.org.
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott (May 11, 2000). Bebop. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879306083 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Thelonious Alone in San Francisco at AllMusic