Monk at the Five Spot. Martin Caliban Press. Williams.

Monk at the Five Spot.

[Jay, NY]: Caliban Press, [2014]. First edition thus, 1 of 125 copies, all on machine and hand-made papers from La Paperterie Saint-Armand from Quebec and "Epistrophy" from India and Hosho from Japan, all signed and numbered by the printer / publisher / designer, Mark McMurray. Page size: 10.5 x 7 inches; 11pp; + titlepage and colophon. Bound by the printer / publisher, Mark McMurray: hand-sewn into Celtic Grey handmade paper cover with "5 spot cut out" and midnight green cloth spine with small gold "5" label. Monotype composition by Michael & Winifred Bixler in 12 point Univers type which was designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1954. Additional display sizes of Optima and wood types used. Images include a centerpiece stencil collage by Guy Berard after a photograph of the Thelonious Monk Quartet playing in 1958 at The Five Spot Cafe. Hand-stenciled by various hands including Gregory McMurray. Halftone screen from Cathy and the raster-farians at Boxcar Press. There is a REVOLVOING map on the opening page showing the location of the Five Spot Cafe in the East Village of NYC, the map highlighted in yellow and red. The text, "A Night at the Five Spot" first appeared in "Down Beat" magazine on February 13, 1964 and has been anthologized (with various textual questions unresolved) several times since. The text for this printing has been corrected. The article shows its age in geographic description, citing "collectors' book shops..." replacing secondhand clothing stores. Now, those "collectors' book shops" have been replaced by more upscale shopping venues. Martin Williams' review / apotheosis of this performance is not dated; rather it brings the evening's music to life as if it were real time. Item #10779

Price: $250.00