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Thelonious Monk - Palais des Beaux-Arts 1963 (VMP, Ltd to 2000, Poster) [Vinyl]

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Palais Des Beaux-Arts 1963 is unearthed Belgian concert-recordings from Thelonious Monk. The show consisted of two parts: both were recorded by the national Belgian broadcast company BRT/RTB who had the best recording-equipment on the market at the time.

Monk took the stage in his unique style with a grey wool Papakha as his hat choice. At that point unseen for the attending crowd, the showman shuffled across the stage, waving his arms as if he was about to lift off. He would take the crowd on a ride they would never forget. It was the first time Thelonious Monk played the prestigious Palais des Beaux-Arts venue in Brussels to an enthusiastic crowd of Belgian Jazz fans. Full house! The quartet delivers their set with true tight mastership (mixed with Monk’s trademark improvisational avant-garde flair) and leaving room for a jaw dropping minute long drum solo mid-set. All this...and as an encore, the famous Monk solo rendition of the classic song “Just a Gigolo”…make this a must-have for any self-respecting Jazz aficionado.  

This release is the product of an ongoing labor of love from a dedicated professional team of archivists and musical technicians who have spent 10 years carefully restoring and cleaning decades of Belgian audiovisual culture, bringing these audio-gems from their vaults in Brussels into the digital world and preserving them for future generations. 

Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the FIRST ever vinyl release (these recordings were never issued on ANY format before) of Thelonious Monk Palais Des Beaux-Arts 1963. This unique piece of musical history is a collaboration between the Tidal Waves Music label, the VRT (Flemish Radio and Television organization) and Bozar (Centre for Fine Arts Brussels) with full approval of the Thelonious Monk Estate. This concert album also comes with an exact reproduction of the original concert poster from 1963.

  • Released: 12/01/2020
  • UPC: None
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Label: VMP
  • Genre: Jazz