First in a series of live music performances the hardwatching staff has enjoyed (via YouTube) at end of day
The hardworking staff has taken to watching music videos before bedtime, so we’ve decided to share some of them with you, in hopes you’ll like them too.
And it’s only fitting we begin with Monk.
Recorded in Norway in 1966 (Thelonious Monk(p) Charlie Rouse(ts) Larry Gales(b) Ben Riley(ds)).
To us, the great thing about Monk was how he played between the notes. Despite his off-kilter music sensibility, though, he was apparently very strict about how his compositions should be performed. And when he retired – early – he said something like, “They don’t play right what I’ve already written. Why should I write more?”
All the sadder for us.