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Thelonious Monk - ‘Bolivar Blues’

A ‘Cruella de Vil-esque’ bluesy reference to NYC’s Bolivar hotel, at which ‘The Baroness of Jazz’ Pannonica de Koenigswarter regularly hosted Jazz musicians, including the likes of Charlie Parker, Gigi Gryce, Tommy Flanagan, Horace Silver and of course Monk himself. 

I particularly like the ~40 seconds of solid triplet crotchets starting at 4:17 - definitely something only the likes of Monk would have dared at the time.