Live at the It Club


Live at the It Club
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Live album by
Released1982, 1998
RecordedOctober 31 and November 1, 1964
ProducerTeo Macero
Thelonious Monk chronology
Solo Monk
Live at the It Club
Live at the Jazz Workshop
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[3]

Live at the It Club is a Thelonious Monk album released posthumously by Columbia Records. Recorded October 31 and November 1, 1964, at the "It" Club in Los Angeles, California, the album features Monk's quartet performing original compositions as well as jazz standards.

The album was first issued in 1982 as a double-LP entitled Live At The "It" Club. In 1998, Columbia/Legacy Records reissued the album as a double-CD set entitled Live At The It Club--Complete that includes virtually all of the band's performances from the two evenings.


In 1964 Monk assembled and began touring and recording with what would come to be regarded as his "most venerable" quartet. On October 31 and November 2 Monk recorded sessions for the album Solo Monk. The band performed on October 31 and November 1 at the It Club, and then again on November 3 and 4 at San Francisco's Jazz Workshop, performances that were later released as Live at the Jazz Workshop. Critic Bob Blumenthal called Live at the It Club "an incredible cache of vintage Monk" that serves as "a prime document of what [Monk's] band sounded like" during this productive period.[4]

Track listing

The quartet played three short sets on each of their two nights at the It Club. Tracks were omitted or edited for the 1982 release. The 1998 "complete" reissue includes the music as it was played, with a few exceptions. A take of "Sweet and Lovely" was omitted due to issues with recording quality, and "Straight, No Chaser", originally performed after "Bemsha Swing," was placed on the second disc.[4][5]

1982 Original LP

Side One
1."Blue Monk"7:30
2."Well, You Needn't"7:35
3."'Round Midnight"6:35
Side Two
5."Blues Five Spot"5:50
6."Bemsha Swing"5:30
Side Three
7."Straight, No Chaser"4:30
Side Four
11."Gallop's Gallop"5:15
12."Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are"6:25

1998 CD Reissue

Disc One
1."Blue Monk"11:19
2."Well, You Needn't"9:17
3."'Round Midnight"6:32
5."Blues Five Spot"10:13
6."Bemsha Swing"8:34
9."Epistrophy (Theme)"1:00
Disc Two
10."Straight, No Chaser"7:15
12."I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"12:28
14."Gallop’s Gallop"5:17
15."Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are"9:01
16."Bright Mississippi"9:47
17."Just You, Just Me"6:14
18."All The Things You Are"6:40
19."Epistrophy (Theme)"1:09



  1. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Live at the It Club - Thelonious Monk | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1023. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ a b Blumenthal, Bob (1998). Monk: Live at the It Club (CD booklet). Thelonious Monk. Columbia/Legacy. p. 6. C2K 65288.
  5. ^ Thelonious Monk - Live at the It Club (master),, accessed January 21, 2018.