The varied catalogue 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 re-takes. 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 family-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.

Thelonious Monk ‎– Thelonious Alone In San Francisco 
Label: Analogue Productions ‎– AJAZ 1158, Riverside Records ‎– RLP-1158 
Series: Fantasy 45 Series – 
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, 180g 

Country:  US  
Released:  2006  
Genre: Jazz 
Style: Contemporary Jazz 


  • Piano – Thelonious Monk


Recorded in San Francisco; October 21 and 22, 1959.

Fantasy 45 Series 4th Set 


SKU 0753088115813
Barcode # 0753088115813
Brand Jazz

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