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Nick Rossi

William Claxton used to tell a great story about photographing Monk for the cover of this LP. I saw him recount it in person once, but it is also reprinted here (paragraph 6):

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/william-claxton-jazz-life-in-the-us-513929.html

There is a photo of Monk enjoying the champagne cocktail in question featured in the latest re-print edition of Claxton's "Jazz Life" - taken at a sidewalk table Enrico's cafe on Broadway in North Beach.

mrebks

thanks for the backstory on my favorite Monk album. unigue, contained, undaunted, sometimes uncaring; still, some of the titles chosen that champion, champagne day show there were times when Thelonious was the loneliest as well as the onliest...

Gerry

Indeed, truly a great album from Monk. Thanks for highlighting it. One tune you didn't mention, though, and probably my favorite from the record, is "You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart." Worth a re-listen!

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