Round Midnight at the Global Worldwide Headquarters (Thelonious Monk Edition)

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.

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5 Responses to Round Midnight at the Global Worldwide Headquarters (Thelonious Monk Edition)

  1. You got it – it was all in the timing.

  2. Bill says:

    Sounds wonderful–a nice counterbalance to a depressing statistic I saw the other day (sorry, don;t remember where): only 4% of the music sales last year were jazz, classical was about the same. While I don’t have much faith on a lot of these so-called market numbers, for various reasons, the numbers on things like music sales are pretty solid.
    So the sort-of good news is that these numbers are probably accurate, but the much worse bad news is that they are so very low. Yes, the entire “music” business is suffering–both CD and download–but somehow jazz is suffering a lot, compared to (excuse me a moment, I have to hold my nose here) today’s mainstream “pop music.”
    Just tell me which hip-hop top-of-the-charts music they will still play 50 years from now…..answer: probably none of them!

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Full disclosure, Bill: I’m hardly doing my part to boost jazz sales, although I did offload my vinyl collection to Cheapo Records in Central Square this summer. But mostly I listen to the guerrilla tapes I recorded off any number of WHRB orgies (Monk, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins and etc.) in the aughts.

      As for what survives, I think it all does – but way off the media radar screen. Keep on listenin’!

  3. Bob Gardner says:

    Coming up from right now (midnight Tuesday) 72 hours on WKCR of the music of Lester Young and Charlie Parker. WKCR is in NYC but there is a listen live link on their website.

  4. Pingback: Round Midnight at the Global Worldwide Headquarters (Flying Burrito Brothers Memphis Edition) | Campaign Outsider

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