N.p. N.p., 1964. Collection of five vintage oversize borderless silver gelatin photographs and two contact sheets (with 59 images) of jazz greats Thelonious Monk and Charlie Rouse at one of two performances in Paris, this one at the La Maison de l'ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise) on February 23, 1964. The quartet here includes saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Butch Warren and drummer Ben Riley. Photographs with the stamp of photographer Alain Dessalles on the verso.
According to Robin Kelly's "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original," Ben Riley had just replaced Frankie Dunlop in Monk's ensemble, and the new quartet were in the midst of a 17-stop tour through Europe. At the Paris stop, Monk and his wife Nellie dined with Bud Powell, who lived in Paris at the time, along with his hosts Francis and Nicole Paudras.
Monk toured heavily in Europe throughout the 1960s, riding the success of his much-lauded release and Columbia records debut "Monk's Dream" in 1963. This same quartet would go on to record Monk's "Big Band and Quartet" and "It's Monk's Time" in 1964.
The composer hit what was arguably the peak of his career the following year, when he was featured on the cover of Time magazine's February 1964 issue.
Photographs 8 x 12 inches, contact sheets 9 x 12 inches. Very Good plus.