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Solo Monk: A Poem By Steve Kowit

Read "Solo Monk: A Poem By Steve Kowit" reviewed by AAJ Staff

One day back in the '60s, Monk was sitting at the piano, Charlie Mingus pulling at his coat how Monk should put the word in so the Mingus group could play the Five Spot, seeing as how Monk's already legendary gig down there was ending--Mingus all persuasion & cajolery, ran it down for twenty minutes till he capped it with the comment: ..."Dig it, Thelonious, you know we Black Brothers ...GOT to ...


Album Review

Thelonious Monk: Celebrating 75 Years Of His First Recordings Revisited

Read "Celebrating 75 Years Of His First Recordings Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

Another stone resurrection from the Swiss-based ezz-thetics label, Celebrating 75 Years Of His First Recordings Revisited collects 23 of the tracks Thelonious Monk recorded for Blue Note between 1947 and 1952, remastered by ezzthetics' sonic jedi Michael Brändli at Hardstudios in Winterthur. Situated north of Zurich, Winterthur is Switzerland's equivalent of Silicon Valley and Hardstudios looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The audio quality Brändli achieves there for ezz-thetics' has been raved about many times on these pages. ...


First Time I Saw

Crepuscules With Monk

Read "Crepuscules With Monk" reviewed by Rob Mariani

This article first appeared at All About Jazz on November 18, 2006. Something was happening down on the lower East Side of Manhattan, down south of 14th Street way down in the rusty Bowery as the summer of 1957 was beginning. News of it spread out through the jazz community like the subterranean rumble of the subways underneath the clubs up on 52nd Street. Monk was back. After more than six years holed up ...


The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

MONK! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

Read "MONK!  Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution" reviewed by William H. Snyder

Introduction A butterfly met a monk in 1954. In the wake of an almost 30 year friendship they left behind some of the best music of the 20th century—Thelonious Monk the creator, Pannonica de Koenigswarter an enabler. The story of their friendship has been told before, but never quite in this way. Youssef Daoudi is the author-illustrator of a 2018 genre-bending historical graphic novel. If you know the story don't let it stop you from reading Daoudi's work; it is ...


Radio & Podcasts

Got Live—Do You Want It?

Read "Got Live—Do You Want It?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Four live records turn up on the boys' plates—of which do they happily partake? The sessions range in recording dates from the late 1960's to the 2010's, but three of the four came out in the last few months. We talk about a listener-suggested album of “modern" stride piano, a scorching modal date that left the tape in tatters, a recently discovered live appearance from the dean of off-kilter piano and a series of charming duets by two musicians of ...



Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall

If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece—Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the first creators of modern jazz and a major influence on the later development of the bebop movement. He influenced all its key players, along ...


Radio & Podcasts

Tributes to Monk, Part 1

Read "Tributes to Monk, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry

Although he has been gone for nearly 40 years, and it has been much longer since he stopped writing, no composer of modern jazz has garnered more attention from his fellow musicians than Thelonious Monk, whose work is the subject of a continuous stream of tribute recordings. Groups as diverse as the Bobby Broom Trio, the Microscopic Septet and John Beasley & MONK'estra have assembled releases from their favorite compositions, but Miles Okazaki, in a solo set, and the Frank ...


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