Afloat Again—On Monk’s Birthday

It could have been worse—toxic red sludge, for instance.
Computer tech.jpgThe technician just left after performing CPR on the internet connection, which was out of commission for 48 hours. The Rifftides staff will resume posting soon. Now, ears open wide and notebook in hand, we’re off to The Seasons for the next concerts of the Fall Festival. This afternoon,Tom Harrell’s quintet and pianist Bill Mays are performing Harell, Antheil and Gershwin with the Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Tonight, it’s the Mays trio with Martin Wind and Matt Wilson.
In the meantime, if Thelonious Monk were alive he would be celebrating his 93rd birthday. Let us all celebrate Monk. This 1966 performance of “Blue Monk” with Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales and Ben Riley has been viewed 1,140,150 times. No wonder.

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  1. says

    At Monk’s piano solo even the spaces he leaves are swinging. — “Blue Monk” was his favorite tune.
    Happy birthday, Thelonious!
    We all dig you, you dig?
    (By the way, feel free to click on my name, and you can hear some more Monk; for studying Steve Lacy’s notes of what Monk has told him, go HERE. — I have transcribed them.)

  2. Svetlana Ilicheva says

    Here in Russia we also celebrate Monk’s birthday.The Oleg Kireyev Quartet dedicated to this event a 1.5 hour concert of Monk’s music in his CCU jazz club.And Cyril Moshkow, Editor-in-Chief of the only(AFAIK) and quite interesting Russian journal “ДЖАЗ.РУ” ( ), posted a very interesting comment and a video “Pannonica”(We know who it was) on ДЖАЗ.РУ portal.
    But the video “Blue Monk” is really superb! Thank you,Doug!