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jazz Thelonious Monk Quartet Live in Brussels (Part I) Sonuma Archives 1963

Sonuma Archives 1963

Thelonious Monk Quartet Live in Brussels (Part I) Sonuma Archives 1963


This beautiful archive concert demonstrates how Thelonious Monk was a true outlier, even in the jazz world. While eccentricity can occasionally be confused for genius, for Monk the two meant the same thing. Indeed, it sometimes felt that his quirks – the erect posture, the private, on-stage dancing during his bandmates solos – were all people talked about. The year after this concert he appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and the article focused more on his perceived strangeness than the notes he played. 

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  • Thelonious Sphere Monk | Bandleader , Pianist
  • Charlie Rouse | Saxophonist
  • John Ore | Double bassist
  • Frankie Dunlop | Drummer
  • Serge Leroy | Movie director


  • Thelonious Sphere Monk, Monk's Dream
  • Frankie Dunlop, Drum Solo
  • Thelonious Sphere Monk, Criss Cross
  • Thelonious Sphere Monk, Rhythm A Ning
  • Thelonious Sphere Monk / Kenny Clarke, Epistrophy


  • Venue: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Salle Henry Le Boeuf (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Production date: 1963
  • Recording date: 1963
  • Duration: 25 min
  • Production: © Sonuma
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