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Thelonious Monk Revisited

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Thelonious Monk once said "play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the jazz canon. To mark the thirty-seventh anniversary of his demise, on 17 February 1982, this week we feature a very diverse range of renditions of his masterpieces.

Happy listening!

  • "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Ben Allison 0:00
  • "Round Midnight" Cootie Williams The Chronological Classics: 1941 -1944" (Classics) 0:16
  • Host talks 3:36
  • "Ugly Beauty" Paul Motian Monk in Motian (JMT) 6:20
  • "Man, That Was a Dream" Carmen McRae Carmen Sings Monk (Novus) 11:08
  • "Brilliant Corners" Georg Graewe Impressions of Monk (Nuscope) 13:55
  • Host talks 17:20
  • "Blue Monk" Duck Baker The Roots and Branches of American Music (Les Cousins) 19:38
  • "Bright Mississippi" Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch) 23:36
  • "Bemsha Swing" Charlie Haden, Jim Hall Charlie Haden & Jim Hall (Impulse!) 28:39
  • Host talks 37:00
  • "Evidence" Gianluca Petrella & Indigo 4 Kaleido (Blue Note) 38:17
  • "Green Chimneys" Lindsey Horner Don't Count on Glory (Cadence) 39:26
  • "Think of One" Brad Mehldau 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch) 44:50
  • Host talks 52:31
  • "Crepuscule with Nellie" Jason Moran Ten (Blue Note) 53:49
  • "Work" Vijay Iyer Trio Break Stuff (ECM) 59:39
  • "Epistrophy" Gary Thomas While the Gate Is Open (JMT) 1:05:45
  • Host talks 1:11:21
  • "Straight No Chaser" Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, The Quintessence (Impulse!) 1:13:05
  • "Played Twice" Miles Okazaki Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (Self-released) 1:15:25
  • "Rhythm-a-Ning" Frank Kimbrough Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Sunnyside) 1:18:08
  • Host talks 1:23:36
  • "Red Cross" Thomas Chapin Quartet, Never Let Me Go: Thomas Chapin Quartets '95 & '96 (Playscope) 1:25:50
  • Host talks 1:41:48
  • "Misterioso" Ran Blake Jeanne Lee The Newest Sound You Never Heard -European Recordings 1996-1997 (A Side) 1:42:48
  • "Monk's Dream" Tronzo Trio Yo! Hey! (Tradition & Moderne) 1:45:48
  • "Who Knows" Steve Lacy Evidence, with Don Cherry (Prestige) 1:51:11
  • Host talks 1:56:36
  • "Ask Me Now" Steve Lacy, Charlie Rouse Various Artists: That's the Way I Feel Now -A Tribute to Thelonious Monk (A&M) 1:58:55
  • "Pannonica (Barry Harris Charlie Rouse duo)" Muhal Richard Abrams -Barry Harris Interpretations of Monk -Vol. 1 (Koch) 2:06:50
  • "Reflections" Ernst Reijseger I Love You So Much It Hurts (Winter & Winter) 2:12:20
  • Host talks 2:14:08
  • "Sophisticated Lady" Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington (Riverside) 2:16:20
Photo credit: Jim Marshall.
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