UPDATE: The record label JUST TOLD US that this title is being put on hold–just a few days before its release–due to an unforeseen legal dispute. We were really excited to hear this album and we hope it’ll be a ROTM Club pick later this year. We’ll keep you in the loop!Β 

The July selection for our Record of the Month Club is something really special…read on…

AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. IN 1968, RACIAL TENSIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ROSE. PALO ALTO, A LARGELY WHITE COLLEGE TOWN IN CALIFORNIA, WAS NOT IMMUNE TO THE EVENTS OF THE DAY. DANNY SCHER, A RISING JUNIOR AT PALO ALTO HIGH SCHOOL, HAD A DREAM TO BRING THELONIOUS MONK TO PALO ALTO TO PERFORM AND HELP BRING ABOUT RACIAL UNITY IN HIS COMMUNITY AS WELL AS RAISE FUNDS FOR HIS SCHOOL’S INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE. AFTER SOMEHOW SECURING MONK’S SERVICES TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, SCHER INITIALLY HAD TROUBLE SELLING TICKETS AND CONVINCING PEOPLE THAT MONK WAS EVEN GOING TO SHOW UP. WITH MANY TWISTS AND TURNS ALONG THE WAY AND SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE WAITING IN THE SCHOOL’S PARKING LOT TO AWAIT MONK’S ARRIVAL BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS, THE CONCERT EVENTUALLY HAPPENED AND WAS A TRIUMPH IN MORE WAYS THAT MONK OR SCHER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. THIS IS A RECORDING OF THAT HISTORIC CONCERT.Β 

Club members will get a copy of the album, which includes replicas of the original concert program and poster.Β