Friday Night Jazz: Thelonious Monk

Friday, May 02, 2008 | 07:30 PM

Thelonious_monk_with_john_coltraneOne of my all time favorites Jazz musicians is Thelonius Monk.

I stumbled across this video via a random click, and it reminded me just how much I have always loved Monk's work, hence, another Friday Night Jazz featuring Monk.

Our man Monk was a three way genius: As a composer, as a jazz pianist, and as an improvisationist, he was without peer, and shaped the future of Jazz. Some notable discs:

Monks_dreamThelonious Monk with John Coltrane -- what more can you add to these two geniuses riffing off of each other? Simply a monst    rous most own.

Monk's Dream is a great example of Thelonious Monk in a Quartet format, with Monk at the peak of his career peak.

Monk's Music a classsic compositions & recordings; Bold and inspired, with Coltrane, Blakey and Hawkins. Just fabulous.

Solo Monk a man, a piano, a studio tape recorder. Brilliant. 

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall accidentally discovered in an unmarked box by a Library of Congress engineer early 2005 (previously mentioned in our year end review). 

 

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THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET - 'ROUND MIDNIGHT

Blue Monk

Thelonious Monk at Town Hall - Part 1 (Documentary)

Thelonious Monk at Town Hall - Part 2 (Documentary) 

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The excellent documentary "Straight No Chaser" is available on Netflix, and is not to be missed. Anyone who loves Monk's music owes him or herself the rental. I saw it in theatrical release when it was released in 1989, and it is well worth the time invested.

Posted by: David Graves | May 2, 2008 8:14:58 PM

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