N.p. N.p., 1964. Collection of five vintage, oversize, borderless photographs and two contact sheets (with 59 images) of the Thelonious Monk Quartet in performance at the La Maison de l’ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise) in Paris on February 23, 1964. Photographs with the stamp of photographer Alain Dessalles on the verso.
The quartet here includes saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Ben Riley. They would also back Monk on his 1964 album, It’s Monk’s Time, the tracks for which were recorded at in January, February, and March, one of five albums Monk would release that year.
According to Robin Kelly’s Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, the quartet was in the midst of a 17-stop tour through Europe when these photographs were taken. The images capture the legendary pianist at the height of his creative powers, and three days later, on February 28, 1964 Monk became just the fourth jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Photographs 8 x 12 inches, contact sheets 9 x 12 inches. Very Good plus.