The Montmarte Masks


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If you have seen videos filmed at the Montmartre club in Copenhagen in the 1950s and '60s, you may have wondered about the stylized wall masks that often show up in the opening moments. Rifftides reader Dave Bernard has wondered about them, too. Mr. Bernard researched the masks and reports the results in the comments section of a recent post about Bud Powell. To see the masks and what he has learned, go here.

While we're at it, we may as well enjoy more of Powell at the Montmartre with bassist Niels-Henning rsted Pedersen and drummer Jorn Elniff in 1962. During the first minute of the video, there is a wide shot of the wall of masks. Despite YouTube's lower-third card, the proper title of Thelonious Monk's piece is “'Round Midnight," not “Around Midnight."

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This story appears courtesy of Rifftides by Doug Ramsey.
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