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Thelonious Monk

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With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music— let alone modern culture—simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition, spanning the entire history of the music from the “stride” masters of James P. Johnson and Willie “the Lion” Smith to the tonal freedom and kinetics of the “avant garde.” And he shares with Edward “Duke” Ellington the distinction of being one of the century’s greatest American composers

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Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Rhino
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1: Evidence; In Walked Bud; Blue Monk; I Mean You; Rhythm-A-Ning; Purple Shades. Disc 2: Evidence (Take 2); In Walked Bud (Take 2); Blue Monk (Take 9); I Mean You (Take 3); Rhythm-A- Ning (Take 2); Purple Shades (Take 4).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space

Read "Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space" reviewed by David Brown


This week, birthday tributes to Abby Lincoln and Byard Lancaster, solo piano works from Lucian Ban, Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou and Dr. Billy Taylor, Ellington arranges Monk, early works from George Russell and a swingin' Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Quartet live at the Airliner Lounge, and more! Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Dease: Best Next Thing

Read "Best Next Thing" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Like many other talented musicians, Michael Dease always looks for ways to take his music to the next level. He is continually exploring and looking ahead rather than simply resting on his laurels. Because of this passion and determination, he has earned a reputation as a top session player and as a band leader in his ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

Article: Live Review

Udin&Jazz 2022

Read "Udin&Jazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Udin&Jazz 2022 Teatro Palamostre Udine 12-16.7.2022 Dopo tre anni di “esilio" a Grado, a seguito della (anche coraggiosa) decisione di non collaborare con l'amministrazione cittadina, per la sua trentaduesima edizione Udin&Jazz è tornato nella sua sede originaria con un programma giustamente diversificato, articolato su cinque giorni: nei primi tre una bella ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea

Read "Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a survey of recordings from jazz festivals past and present: Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, Montreux Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Willisau in Switzerland, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Essen Jazz Festival in West Germany, Festival of Improvised Music in France, East-West Festival in Nuremberg Germany, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...

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Article: Live Review

Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Aarhus Jazz Festival Various Venues Aarhus, Denmark July 9-16, 2022 With around 283,000 citizens, jny: Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and the role of playing second fiddle doesn't suit a city that tends to be overshadowed by its big brother, the capital jny: Copenhagen. Or so you would think. ...

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Top 10 Moments in Jazz History

Read "Top 10 Moments in Jazz History" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


This article was originally published at All About Jazz on November 12, 2018. 10. In 1956, while in the throes of kicking his heroin addiction and late for a gig, Miles Davis picks up a small black snake that had wandered into his Missouri home and—thinking it is just a hallucination—mistakes for a clip-on ...


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