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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 04:05 PM

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 04:13 PM
thanks for posting this....big Monk fan.....
where is this from???

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 04:24 PM
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.........written by saxophonist Steve Lacy. These are notes he took from his time playing with Monk in 1960, and Steve uses these notes extensively in his introduction to the book Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music.

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 06:27 PM
Nobody ever had a better mind for music than Monk Thanks for posting that.

That doesn't mean that Monk is the best, because there is more to music than intellect. Coltrane was in Monk's band and learned a lot from Thelonius, but in my opinion Coltrane surpassed Monk because his music had superior emotional and spiritual resonance, at least to me and many others.

Still, you can't help but admire the genius behind tunes like "Epistrophy." Monk's stuff is just so DIFFERENT from anybody else who ever lived. A true original, which is hard to be.

I love the Monk/Trane Carnegie Hall disc, you can practically hear Monk thinking before playing each note. I don't think I really appreciated him until I heard that album.

 
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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 07:02 PM
Thanks for sharing DFC!

love Thelonious

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 07:10 PM
I got in to Monk in college. One of my music teachers was a big Monk fan and would play like him in jazz improve class...I love Monks compositions and his unusual left hand along with his uncanny ability to drag the beat in perfect time. Little Rootie Tootie, Monks dream, trinkle trinkle, Bemesha swing are some of my favorite Monk tunes along with the standards, Blue Monk, Straight No Chaser and Round Midnight. I was living with my parents at the time and I had some Monk on and my mom walked in and stated..."That guy can't play!!!"....about a week later she walked back in and said "I love this guy!!!!...he kinda grew on me"....Monk is acquired taste for many

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 07:13 PM
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Nobody ever had a better mind for music than Monk Thanks for posting that.

That doesn't mean that Monk is the best, because there is more to music than intellect. Coltrane was in Monk's band and learned a lot from Thelonius, but in my opinion Coltrane surpassed Monk because his music had superior emotional and spiritual resonance, at least to me and many others.

Still, you can't help but admire the genius behind tunes like "Epistrophy." Monk's stuff is just so DIFFERENT from anybody else who ever lived. A true original, which is hard to be.

I love the Monk/Trane Carnegie Hall disc, you can practically hear Monk thinking before playing each note. I don't think I really appreciated him until I heard that album.


That Monk/Trane is creeping up on Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme as the jazz album I enjoy the most. Maybe not the best, but I really enjoy it.

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 07:39 PM
So interesting! Thanks for sharing!! Big Monk fan!

 

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  posted on 2/9/2012 at 08:17 PM
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a buddy sent that to me last week, and man, is it not spot on! really gets inside what they were doing and how they were thinking.

I really dig "Stop playing all the bs", "Don't listen to me. I'm accompanying YOU", and the "Don't play everything, every time, let some things go by" yes, they played as an ensemble, and even all improved as an ensemble at times, but in Monk's band (or insert any one of those bandleaders), you better stay in line or you're out the door. the new jack at rehearsal last nite just might take your spot on the bandstand tomorrow.

and "what should you wear - sharp as possible" hell yeah, those cats was smooth mf'ers as Miles would say.

The documentary on Monk, "Straight, No Chaser" is great. he was definitely one of a kind.

RIP all the old jazz cats...
Lift the Bandstand!!!

Thank you for posting that DFC, i'm technically challenged when it comes to linking pics here!!

 

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  posted on 2/11/2012 at 10:54 AM
very cool

for personal reasons, partial to
"make the drummer sound good"

 

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  posted on 2/11/2012 at 11:07 AM
I think the last line is the funniest but the whole thing is a nice walk through Monks mind

 

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  posted on 2/12/2012 at 06:30 PM
Very cool....thanks....
 
 


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