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San Francisco Holiday
Thelonious Monk
San Francisco Holiday
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Thelonious Monk
Title: San Francisco Holiday
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Milestone
Release Date: 4/16/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025218919920, 0090204054251

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Thelonious live, and at the top of his game
Brad Christensen | Peoria, AZ United States | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of the 16 Thelonious Monk CDs I own, San Francisco Holiday is my favorite. It is a collection from four live performances between 1958 and 1961, a period when Monk was at his absolute best. And what a collection it is, in terms tunes selected, his band members, and overall length (69 minutes). Swinging, enthusiastic and inspired versions of "In Walked Bud," "Blue Monk," and "Rhythm-A-Ning" from a concert at Town Hall in New York with Charlie Rouse on sax, Sam Jones on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. My favorite, though, is "Bye-Ya/Epistrophy," which is nearly 12 minutes of pure magic from the Five Spot in NYC featuring Art Blakey on drums, Johnny Griffin on sax and Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass. Three tunes from a performance at San Francisco's Black Hawk with a trio of horns (Joe Gordon on trumpet and Rouse and Harold Land on sax) and three from a concert at Theatre L'Olympe in Paris round out this wonderful CD."
Overlooked Gem
k.krable | stanfoca | 06/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This one fails to make most lists of Monk's best, but it is a hidden treasure. Strongly recommended for a new-to-Monker because it includes excellent examples of Monk with each of two very different sax players: Charlie Rouse and Johnny Griffin. Both are in top form. Furthermore, the drumming on this album (nothing against Billy Higgins but especially by Art Taylor) is spectacular. Favorite track (fittingly): Bye-ya."