The Thelonius Monk Reader

The Thelonius Monk Reader

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Of all the major jazz artists, Thelonious Monk was one of the most original musical thinkers - nonconformist, idiosyncratic, imaginative, eccentric. In some ways Monk was the original be-bopper - in his music, stance, clothing, and aura - but his piano style developed outside of be-bop, remaining partially rooted in an older stride style of playing and eschewing the breakneck speed of be-bop in favour of sparse broken phrases, understatement, and a playful experimentation with sound. This book aims to provide a full treatment of Monk and his impact on the jazz world by bringing togehter a wide range of previously published articles, profiles, reviews, interviews, liner notes, and music analyses. Ranging in publication date from 1947 to 1999, and drawn from a large variety of English language periodicals and books, the 39 pieces included here feature the best writers on jazz, including Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler, Max Harrison, Nat Hentoff, Andre Hodeir, Orrin Keepnews, Gunther Schuller, and Martin more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 238.5 x 24.9mm | 636.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • music, index
  • 019512166X
  • 9780195121667

Table of contents

IBeginnings and Early Reception (1917-1954). Minton's and Before. Blue Note. Early Profiles. Prestige and Paris. IICritical Recognition (1955-1961). Interviews. Brilliant Corners and Riverside. Reports from Selected Venues. The Non-Music Press. Critics. IIIMainstream Arrival and Withdrawal (1962-1981). The Time Cover. The Blindfold Test and a Last Interview. Behind the Scenes. Critical Summaries. IVAfter Monk (1982- ). In Memoriam. Reflections of Monk. The Musicshow more

About Rob Van Der Bliek

Rob van der Bliek holds a Masters in Fine Arts (Ethnomusicology) from York University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Toronto. He studied and taught jazz and related styles of guitar for a number of years. He is Music Librarian at York University, in more

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"With a man as hard to interview - and figure out - as Monk, better to have a collection of 39 perspectives than just one. The Thelonius Monk Reader is not only more complete than a straight biography, it's more fun, too."--Boston Globe"This book is so good it seems hard to imagine that a full-scale biography could add much, since, of necessity, it would be borrowing largely from the material here.... [The Thelonious Monk Reader] doesn't miss any cues, and reading it immeasurably enriches an understanding and appreciation of Monk's music."--George Kanzler, The Newark Star-Ledgershow more

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