Monk’s Music

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  1. EllroyJames

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    Thanks for sharing - good stuff!
    I confess, while I am quite familiar with the name, I won none of Monk's stuff.
     
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    I love watching Monk play. Did anyone ever hit the keyboard harder?

     
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    This is from an album that I save for the ****tiest of days. It is so good that I can't risk wearing it out.

     
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    I like the album cover. I like stupid pictures of adults in wagons and shopping carts and stuff like that.
     
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    Thanks for posting. Great way to start my day and I really love those old Riverside, Blue Note and Prestige recordings. He’s the reason there is still a piano at my Moms house. No, I never learned to properly play that thing but my little sister did and went on to a great career as a music teacher. Come to think of it I never learned to properly play the guitar either but my attempts led me to rename the Locrian mode the Monk mode cause I would always start hearing fragments of his melodies when playing it. One of the greats and always a favorite of mine.
     
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    Nice. Misterioso is still one of my favorite albums... so I need to branch out and listen to this one! Coltrane on sax here.
     
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    The catchiness of Thelonious Monk's angular grooves is what caught my teenage ears so long ago. Thanks for the reminder!
     
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    Monk's Round Midnight is one my favorite jazz tunes. This is a nice version by Grant Green:

     
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    What 'harmonically AND rhythmically sophisticated' (?) genius.
    I can't even process what I hear when listening to Monk, other than I love it, and it makes me smile.

    Simple, almost nursery rhyme melodies that have these angular chords supporting them, or blues progressions that he turns upside down- playing a melody where he climbs up a half step on each line? (edit- you can hear this on " Ruby My Dear" which I posted after..)

    The Escher of music
     
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    It was the Blue Note Genius of Modern Music comps that got me into Monk, and consequently, jazz, back in the 90s, when my ears couldn't handle rock n roll anymore. Amazing composer and player. No one like him before or since.
     
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    There are two live Monk albums from the same night - Live at the Five Spot and Misterioso - that have become two of my very favorite jazz albums. Hearing this particular band try to play these crazy tunes just makes me smile every time. Also, I've seen a lot of live jazz, and I listen to this and dream about sitting in the crowd watching these guys.

    When I played this song for my elderly and retired jazz pianist father, he laughed a lot (in an appreciative way) at the weird stuff Monk plays and how he times it.

     
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    How can you not like a guy whose middle name is Sphere?
     
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    And the straight fingers unbent, the man/genius was unorthodox in every conceivable way.
     
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    In the early 2000's I got the Monk and John Coltrane Live at Carnegie Hall recording...

    ( this time period, late!, is when I finally discovered Jazz, and went crazy buying CD's for about 2 years- as I had a lot of catching up to do!)

    ...and I loved "Ruby, My Dear"
    The CD came with a poster that my wife ( a pro picture framer) framed and we had in our living room.

     
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    We used to cover a few Monk Tune back in the day. Charlie Rouse is still one of my favorite sax players.
     
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    Right before Covid hit I had planned a trip to NYC with a special visit to see the house where Monk lived out his final years (with the Baroness) over in NJ, in Weehawken.

    If anyone wants to read a STELLAR biography of Monk, Robin D. G. Kelley's book Thelonious Monk The Life and Times of an American Original is one of the best musician/composer biographies I've ever read.
     
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    He said it was to prove he was no square. I thought he made up the name but he was named after his maternal grandfather, Sphere Batts, according to Wikipedia.
     
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    I was lucky to inherit my dad's copy. Love Monk - Underground is a favorite.

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