The varied catalog of memorable Riverside albums by Thelonious Monk includes two solo-piano efforts. Producer Orrin Keepnews remembers them as equally successful but strikingly different projects. The 1957 Thelonious Himself was recorded in New York on three separate nights and involved much creative ferment and many retakes. This album was accomplished with remarkable ease in Northern California two years later, in two brief sessions on consecutive afternoons (one preceded by lunch at a familly-style Italian restaurant), with only one of the ten selections (a totally unfamiliar old pop tune arbitrarily chosen at the last moment) requiring more than one take!
"Monk was in brilliant form throughout [this] engagement at the Black Hawk..." - Ralph Gleason, Down Beat
Thelonious Monk, piano
1. Blue Monk
2. Ruby, My Dear
3. Round Lights
4. Everything Happens To Me
5. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart
4. There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie
Unaccompanied piano solos. Recorded in San Francisco, October 21 and 22, 1959.