Monday, 10/10/11

by musicclipoftheday

Happy Birthday, Thelonious!

Thelonious Monk, composer, pianist, bandleader
October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982 

Monk’s music—its exquisite mix of logic and lyricism—sometimes makes me think of Mozart.

“’Round Midnight” (AKA “’Round About Midnight”) (T. Monk)

Take 1: Bill Evans Trio (BE, piano; Eddie Gomez, bass; Marty Morrell, drums), live, Sweden, 1970

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Take 2: Don Pullen (piano), rec. 1984 (Don Pullen Plays Monk)

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Take 3: Milt Jackson (vibes), live, Japan, 1990

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More Monk? Here. And here. And here. And here.

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

If it wasn’t for music, man, life wouldn’t be nothing—it’s all about music.

—Thelonious Monk

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Sonny Rollins talks about Monk:

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radio

All Monk, all day: WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University).