7 Oct 2017

Thelonious Monk (1)

From Inside Out, 5:10 pm on 7 October 2017

One of the most unique and influential figures in jazz was born this week 100 years ago. Inside Out celebrates what would be the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk.

Thelonious Monk circa 1947.

Thelonious Monk circa 1947. Photo: Wikicommons

Monk's distinctive piano style was developed during his time at Minton's in New York, when he participated in after-hours jam sessions with leading jazz musicians of the time.

His work at Minton's and developing style was a part of the jazz movement known as bebop whose most famous exponents included Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

Monk made his first recordings in 1947 for Blue Note, a label he stayed with until 1952.

During his career he composed numerous jazz standards including ‘Straight, No Chaser’, Well, You Needn't’, ‘Ruby, My Dear’, ‘Blue Monk’ and perhaps his most famous tune ‘Round Midnight’.

Monk’s deceptively simple playing style used discordance, space and unconventional harmonies and rhythms.

Thelonious Monk (piano) Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) Larry Gales (bass) and Ben Riley (drums) play ‘Round Midnight’ in Norway in 1966:

Music Details

Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Quintet

In Walked Bud

Monk

Lookin' at Monk

Jazzland

 

Thelonious Monk with john Coltrane

Ruby My Dear

Monk

Thelonious Monk with john Coltrane

 

Thelonious Monk with john Coltrane

Misterioso

Monk

Complete Live at the Five Spot 1958

Lone Hill Jazz

 

Steve Lacy

Bye-Ya

Monk

Reflections

Prestige

 

Steve Lacy

Let's Call This

Monk

Reflections

Prestige

 

Thelonious Monk 

Round Midnight

Monk

The Complete Riverside Recordings

Riverside

 

Thelonious Monk Trio

I Mean You

Monk

Thelonious Monk Trio

Riverside

 

Sphere

Well You Needn't

Monk

Sphere on Tour

Red