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Christopher Monsen

About Me

Music scribe (mostly jazz + semi-, non-, un- & plain popular). Knows a thing or two about US culture & politics. Passionate Arsenal FC and NYKnicks fan.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2018-08-31

I was first exposed to jazz via my local big band, in which my father played guitar. Their repertoire consisted of, among other things, a host of Count Basie compositions. However, this interest didn't really take hold until a few years later, around age 15 or so, when my curiosity first led me to Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, among others. Soon after, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and crucially, Ornette Coleman. Things exploded since then.

My Favorites

  1. Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
  2. Ornette Coleman - Shape of Jazz to Come
  3. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions...
  4. Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music
  5. Air - Air Lore
  6. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  7. Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
  8. Gang of Four - Solid Gold
  9. Duke Ellington - Flaming Youth
  10. Al Green - Call Me
  11. Henry Threadgill Sextett - Rag, Bush & All
  12. Television - Marquee Moon
  13. Prince - Dirty Mind
  14. Talking Heads - Remain In Light
  15. Sly & the Family Stone - There's a Riot Going On
  16. The Coasters - 50 Coastin Classics
  17. Charles Mingus - At Antibes
  18. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch
  19. Wilbur Ware Quintet - The Chicago Sound
  20. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
  21. ...(in no particular order)