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Thelonious Monk band rolls through six crowd-pleasers where you can hear the quartet win over the Palo Alto students / The Pine Belt NEWS

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This never-before-heard 1968 performance at a high school in Palo Alto is real surprise from a period where Monk was not as prolific as before. While with Columbia Records in the Sixties, Monk had his biggest commercial success ("Monk's Dream" in 1963) and one of his late-period classics ("Underground" in 1968). Monk received a letter from student Danny Scher to play at his school. This concert features the "Underground" band with drummer Ben Riley, bassist Larry Gales and Monk's greatest foil saxophonist, Charlie Rouse. The band rolls through six crowd-pleasers where you can hear the quartet win over the students who attended and just how well Monk and his band drew their energy from them.

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