THELONIOUS MONK
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Born on October 10, 1917, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Thelonious was only four when his mother and his two siblings, Marion and Thomas, moved to New York City. Unlike other Southern migrants who headed straight to Harlem, the Monks settled on West 63rd Street in the “San Juan Hill” neighborhood of Manhattan, near the Hudson River. His father, Thelonious, Sr., joined the family three years later, but health considerations forced him to return to North Carolina. During his stay, however, he often played the harmonica, ‘Jew’s harp,” and piano—all of which probably influenced his son’s unyielding musical interests. Young Monk turned out to be a musical prodigy in addition to a good student and a fine athlete. He studied the trumpet briefly but began exploring the piano at age nine. He was about nine when Marion’s piano teacher took Thelonious on as a student. By his early teens, he read more...
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THELONIOUS MONK Discography

THELONIOUS MONK albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.84 | 3 ratings
Genius of Modern Music
Bop 1952
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2
Bop 1952
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious (aka Thelonious Monk Trio aka Monk's Moods aka The High Priest)
Bop 1953
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious Monk Plays
Bop 1954
.. Album Cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. 2
Bop 1954
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Thelonious Monk ‎– Piano Solo (aka The Prophet aka Pure Monk,etc,etc)
Bop 1954
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Blows For LP (Featuring Sonny Rollins) (aka Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. I)
Bop 1954
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington
Bop 1956
.. Album Cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Unique Thelonious Monk
Bop 1956
.. Album Cover 4.80 | 14 ratings
Brilliant Corners
Hard Bop 1957
.. Album Cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Thelonious Himself
Bop 1957
.. Album Cover 4.84 | 13 ratings
Monk's Music
Bop 1957
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Mulligan Meets Monk
Cool Jazz 1957
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk (aka We See)
Bop 1958
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
Bop 1959
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
5 By Monk By 5 (aka The Thelonious Monk Quintet)
Bop 1959
.. Album Cover 3.95 | 10 ratings
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
Bop 1961
.. Album Cover 4.06 | 8 ratings
Criss Cross
Bop 1963
.. Album Cover 4.66 | 13 ratings
Monk's Dream
Bop 1963
.. Album Cover 3.29 | 7 ratings
It's Monk's Time
Bop 1964
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk.
Bop 1964
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Solo Monk
Bop 1965
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Straight, No Chaser
Bop 1966
.. Album Cover 3.87 | 8 ratings
Underground
Bop 1968
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk's Blues
Big Band 1969
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Something In Blue
Bop 1971
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Nice Work in London (aka Blue Sphere)
Bop 1971
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Man I Love
Bop 1973
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume One
Bop 1988
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume Two
Bop 1988
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume Three
Bop 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2017

THELONIOUS MONK EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins (aka Work aka The Genius Of Thelonious Monk)
Bop 1956
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk and Max Roach - European Tour
Bop 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk Quartet / Martial Solal Trio ‎: Live In Berlin 1961 / Live In Essen 1959
Bop 2012

THELONIOUS MONK live albums

.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious In Action (With Johnny Griffin) (aka Way Out!)
Bop 1958
.. Album Cover 4.95 | 4 ratings
Misterioso
Bop 1958
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 5 ratings
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall
Big Band 1959
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk
Bop 1960
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Monk in Italy
Bop 1963
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Hours With Thelonious (European Concerts By Thelonious Monk)
Bop 1963
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Big Band and Quartet in Concert
Big Band 1964
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol.1
Bop 1964
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.2
Bop 1965
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misterioso (Recorded on Tour)
Bop 1965
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Jazz Concert, Volume Two
Bop 1965
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk In France
Bop 1965
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.3
Bop 1966
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk In Tokyo (aka Tokyo Concerts)
Bop 1969
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk
Bop 1970
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris Part 1 (aka Sphere)
Bop 1971
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Tokyo
Bop 1978
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The Jazz Workshop
Bop 1982
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The It Club
Bop 1982
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 1
Bop 1982
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 2
Bop 1982
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
'Round Midnight
Bop 1983
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evidence
Bop 1983
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Village Gate
Bop 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Stockholm 1961
Bop 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evidence (1987)
Bop 1987
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk: On Tour In Europe
Bop 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk (Musica Jazz)
Bop 1988
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Nonet Live In Paris 1967 (aka The Nonet - Live! aka Monk's Music)
Bop 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1964 - Alhambra Vol. 1
Bop 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1964
Bop 1989
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Jazz Hour With Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2: Epistrophy
Bop 1990
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
En Concert Avec Europe 1 Olympia 6-7 Mars 1965 (aka Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 ak Olympia 7 Mars 1965 aka Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia)
Hard Bop 1992
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Five Spot Discovery! (Featuring John Coltrane)
Hard Bop 1993
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Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963 Volume 1 · 2
Bop 1994
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
At Newport 1963 & 1965
Bop 2002
.. Album Cover 4.54 | 7 ratings
With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
Bop 2005
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After Hours At Minton's
Bop 2006
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Live At The 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival
Bop 2007
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The Transformer
Bop 2007
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4 / 8
Bop 2007
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Unissued Live At Newport 1958-59
Bop 2008
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The Last Concerts
Bop 2009
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Live in Stereo: Stockholm, Sweden, 16 May 1961
Bop 2011
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Paris 1969
Bop 2013
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Newport '59
Bop 2013
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Live In Amsterdam 1961
Bop 2014
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Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey : Bop Fathers Completed
Bop 2014
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Live In Köln 1969
Bop 2015

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Genius of Modern Music Vol 1
Bop 1956
.. Album Cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Monk (aka We See aka The Golden Monk aka Thelonious Monk Quintet aka Monk)
Bop 1956
.. Album Cover 4.95 | 2 ratings
Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2
Bop 1956
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Greatest Hits
Bop 1962
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Nica's Tempo (with Gigi Gryce)
Bop 1966
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Reflections, Vol. 1
Bop 1970
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Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk?
Big Band 1974
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Sphere (aka Live In Paris Part 1)
Bop 1978
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Epistrophy
Bop 1980
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Thelonious Monk / Gerry Mulligan : 'Round Midnight
Cool Jazz 1982
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The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (aka Complete 1947-1952 Blue Note Recordings)
Bop 1983
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Blues Five Spot
Bop 1984
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More Genius Of Thelonious Monk
Bop 1985
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Straight No Chaser - Music From The Motion Picture
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989
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Genius Of Modern Music Volume 1 (CD version)
Bop 1989
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Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2 (CD version)
Bop 1989
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The Best Of Thelonious Monk (aka The Essential)
Bop 1991
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San Francisco Holiday
Bop 1992
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Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 1
Bop 1996
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Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 2
Bop 1997
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Monk (Live in Europe)
Bop 2001
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The Columbia Years '62-'68
Bop 2001
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The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
Bop 2006
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Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958
Bop 2009
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Thelonious Himself+Portrait Of An Ermite
Bop 2010
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The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside
Bop 2010
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The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection
Bop 2012
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Jazz After Midnight
Bop 2013
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'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952
Bop 2014
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Retrospection and Introspection Compiled by Chihiro Yamanaka
Bop 2017

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THELONIOUS MONK Reviews

THELONIOUS MONK Brilliant Corners

Album · 1957 · Hard Bop
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Not only is “Brilliant Corners” one of Thelonious Monk’s best albums, but its also considered one of the better recordings in the history of jazz. Don’t expect a lot of fireworks from this one though, instead, most of these blues based tunes are played in laid back medium tempos, or even slower, but do expect maximum creativity and a brilliant ensemble that moves together as one mind. Monk does have a particularly strong crew assembled here, with Sonny Rollins and Max Roach on board, plus Ernie Henry and Oscar Pettiford are no slouches either. Clark Terry and Paul Chambers replace Henry and Pettiford for one cut, but they too are up for the great interplay that goes down on this disc.

The album opens with the title cut “Brilliant Corners”, and what a tour de force this one is. This composition has Monk working with rapidly changing tempos and time signatures, such things may be more common today, but this was fairly new ground in 1957, and “Corners” still sounds very modern and ‘cutting edge’ today. This is followed by the laid back avant-blues of “Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are”. Although “Bolivar” may not be as radical as the album opener, it still leaves plenty of room for ‘Monkish’ off-kilter solos and slippery interactions. Side two opens with the ballad like “Pannonica”, on which Monk plays the delicate bell like celeste. His odd approach to harmony sounds even more peculiar on this keyboard, the resultant exotic sounds might have you thinking that we are now in a universe parallel to Sun Ra.

“I Surrender Dear” is a standard that Monk plays in old school stride style and it is the only non-original piece on the album. Its presence acts as an interesting contrast to the more ‘out there’ aspects of the other numbers. The album closes with the Afro-Carribean flavors of “Bemsha Swing”, on which Max plays rumbling tympanies behind the soloists. Monk’s second solo after the trumpet is just splashes of sound and color, foreshadowing the world of avant-garde jazz that was right around the corner in ‘57. If you want to hear why so many jazz fans get effusive when discussing Thelonious Monk, give this one a spin.

THELONIOUS MONK Paris 1969

Live album · 2013 · Bop
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This review is written using the double LP version of this recording. I would imagine when most Monk fans see the 1969 recording date on this album, they not only approach with caution, but probably assume this is one to avoid entirely. The previous year of 1968 had been one of Monk’s roughest, with more time spent in hospitals, rather than clubs. His long time rhythm section finally had to leave him for more work, and only saxophonist Charlie Rouse remained, who was also having problems of his own. Monk’s performances during this time had become spotty and many assumed his career was about over. So it was, in late 1969, Monk and Rouse set out for Europe with a young inexperienced rhythm section in an attempt to prove they still had something to say. “Paris 1969” was recorded on the last day of that tour, and the big surprise is that Monk and his young band sound great.

There are no big surprises on the first two sides of this four sided collection, on which Monk and his band play spirited renditions of well known Monk favorites. This is probably not the most exploratory playing from Monk and Rouse, but they aren’t exactly loafing either. The rhythm section is made up of two young unknowns, (Nate Hygellund on bass and Paris Wright on drums), who were never heard of much again outside of this recording, but they both turn in very strong performances. On side three things change up a bit when Monk plays a few numbers solo. The old school stride version of “I Love You Sweetheart of all my Dreams” is a real treat and must of sounded like a rare jewel during the heavy-handed musical environment of 1969. Also nice is Monk’s solo version of “Crespuscule with Nellie”, a tune that makes a lot more sense the way Monk plays it solo, as opposed to band versions which seem clumsy in comparison.

On side four things change again when Philly Jo Jones takes the drum chair for the last couple numbers. As mentioned earlier, Paris Wright is a solid and even inspired drummer, but Philly Jo is an absolute master of rhythm. Philly Jo’s drum solo on “Nutty” is a textbook example on how a good drummer can expand on the rhythms of the melody through increasingly imaginative variations. The concert closes with Monk and Philly Jo playing short versions of “Blue Monk” and “Epistrophy” that reveal what Monk’s music can really sound like. It’s a bit of a tease coming at the end of the album like it does.

Probably the biggest negative issue with this album is the sound quality. This concert was recorded for TV, and it sounds like a TV broadcast, which means it sounds much better than a bootleg, but not as good as a studio recording. Monk’s music is purposefully coarse and dissonant in the first place, so possibly a rough recording shouldn’t be a big issue.

THELONIOUS MONK The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall

Live album · 1959 · Big Band
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When Thelonious Monk recorded “The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall” in 1959, his career was at a peak, no longer a sometimes derided outsider, Monk had finally emerged as a ‘living legend’, and a recognized leading architect of modern jazz. The concert, at which ‘at Town Hall’ was recorded, received much attention because this was to be Monk’s first attempt at presenting his music in a big band format. Initial critical reception to Monk’s big band performance was somewhat tepid. Many felt that Monk’s band members didn’t really get his music, nor his feel for rhythm, but many years later, after our eardrums have been pummeled with barbaric volume, such idiosyncrasies are probably barely noticeable anymore, ha. But seriously, this recording has aged well, and although Monk’s orchestrations are not particularly revelatory, the combined effort of all the musicians on here results in an imaginative, if somewhat quirky, late 50s hard bop LP.

To get help orchestrating his first big band album, Monk enlisted longtime fan and big band arranger, Hal Overton. The two worked painstakingly on several Monk originals before they called in a band for some rehearsals and then the concert/recording. Despite his well deserved reputation as a composer and innovator, Monk’s orchestrations are not particularly remarkable, but as can be expected, a little bit odd. The choice of instruments favors the low end sounds, and Monk uses this to paint dark murky colors. Similar to his piano playing, much of Monk’s ensemble arrangements are almost simple and plain. His best use of the orchestra comes when he is able to add contrasting lines to his melodies, lines that were often only implied by his piano.

A big plus on here is Monk’s band mates, a virtual all-star crew of jazz talent at that time, including; Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Charley Rouse, Pepper Adams and more. Phil Woods in particular shines with his ‘bird like’ flight on “Friday the 13th”. On “Little Rootie Tootie”, the entire front line of the band plays Monk’s original recorded solo as a unison solo. The end result of so many horns trying to stay together on such a jaggedy solo results in some humorous train wrecks. Monk’s playing is brilliant throughout, but especially on “Monk’s Mood” where his rhythmic shifts produce almost hallucinogenic effects. Overall, this isn’t one of Monk’s best, but it still rates high in his discography, and due to the big band format, partly as a curiosity.

THELONIOUS MONK Misterioso

Live album · 1958 · Bop
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Although Thelonious Monk’s contributions to jazz are highly regarded, it doesn’t mean that everything he recorded was gold. Especially towards the end of his career, Monk’s performances could be inconsistent or uninspired. Also, with shifting band personal, Monk sometimes had to work with musicians who did not exactly click with his difficult music. This leads to the question, which of his albums show Monk and his band at their best? Amongst possible candidates for this honor, the live set “Misterioso” rates very high. Not only is Monk on fire here, but he has an excellent band too, with the always imaginative Roy Haynes on drums, rock solid Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass and the high flying Johnny Griffin on tenor sax. In fact, Griffin’s soaring performance almost steals the show. There are only two Monk albums that feature Griffin, the other one is “Monk in Action”, which is the other half of the live set that makes up this disc.

“Misterioso” was recorded in Augaust 1958 at NYC’s Five Spot at a time when Monk’s career had just peaked, and the new avant-garde, which would make Monk no longer appear to be such an iconoclast, was just starting to appear. Surely Johnny Griffith’s astonishing rapid flow of notes is an under-rated predecessor to the new free jazz stylists. Griffith’s ‘sheets of sound’ tend to stay tonal, but the sheer intensity of his playing was a ‘new thing’. Some early critics felt Griffith’s excessive approach was at odds with Monk’s well-timed minimalist approach, but the two musicians actually compliment each other well, and both sound very happy to interact with each other’s direction and vision. Roy Haynes also contributes to the rhythmic interplay, and adds some excellent drum solos that demonstrate how a creative drummer can convey, and re-construct, the melody of a tune.

For Monk collectors, “Misterioso” is a must have, and for those wishing to check out his music, this is a great place to start. The almost kitsch beat-era album cover is a plus too.

THELONIOUS MONK Genius of Modern Music

Album · 1952 · Bop
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Its not good for reviewers to engage in excessive hyperbole, but when it comes to Thelonious Monk’s “Genius of Modern Music”, we’re going to throw all restraint out the window and just come out and say that this is quite possibly the most important LP in jazz history. Keep in mind that the salient works by Armstrong, Ellington and Parker went down before the arrival of the LP, so that takes them out of the competition, but Monk’s first shot at a major label release came along just as the LP format was finally being given to jazz artists. “Genius of Modern Music” did not make a strong impact at first, many critics and jazz fans were dismissive of Monk’s odd approach, while many others didn’t even notice this album came out at all. But, it was different with many of the musicians, they heard what Monk was doing and they were interested, and over the decades, many more musicians would turn to his very personal take on what jazz could be to find their own inspiration. To this day, from Matthew Shipp to Vijay Iyer and everyone else as well, Monk remains one of the strongest influences on modern jazz piano and composition.

Despite his exaggerated reputation, Monk was not a naïve iconoclast, throughout “Genius of Modern Music”, you can hear Monk’s roots in the stride piano he grew up on, as well as the innovations of the young be-bop players of his day, but somehow Monk transforms everything into such an assertive personal statement, that there is no way for anyone to imitate him, try as they often do. The number one salient feature of Monk’s playing is his bizarre rhythms. Somehow he juxtaposes figures and introduces abrupt changes that challenge our perception, you find yourself wondering, “did I hear that right?” Secondly, his harmonic language was quite dissonant for the time, and although such dissonance has become more common in modern jazz, Monk still maintains a language that is unmistakably his. Finally, there is a mischievous humor to Monk’s music, a playfulness that slips in a crude joke when your attention might be slipping. He’s the favored uncle in the family, although no one is quite sure why.

This is a power packed line up of songs, many of these tunes went on to be classics, and are still played today, particularly “Round bout Midnight” and “Well, You Needn’t”, but no matter who plays them, they will not sound like the versions on here.

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