Tag Archives: Thelonious Monk

Episode19 Jazz

1. Ron Carter – Woolaphant, Milestone
2. Kenny Burrell – Rock salt, Blue Note
3. Jimmy Smith – Dancin on the ceiling, Guest Star Records
4. Sonny Rollins – Playing on the yard, Milestone
5. Andrew Hill – Morning flower, SleepleChase Records
6. Hank Mobley – Hanks’s other souL, Blue Note
7. Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster – Shine on the Harvest Moon, Verve
8. Lionel Hampton – At the Woodchoppers ball, Joker
9. Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra – Squatty roo, Verve
10. Thelonius Monk – Reflections, Prestige
11. Art Blakey – Dawn on the Desert, Roulette Records
12. Larry Young – Tyrone, Blue Note

Episode17 Jazz

1. the George Shearing Quintet – the Beb-bop Irishman, Capitol
2. Ben Webster – Jive at six, Metro
3. Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore – Billie’s bounce, Blue Note
4. Buck Clayton and Big Joe Turner – Honeysuckle rose, Fontana
5. Lionel Hampton – Hamp’s got the blues, Timeless Records
6. Horace Silver – Senor blues, Blue Note
7. Thelonious Monk – Epistrophy, Riverside
8. Coleman Hawkins / Roy Eldridge / Howard McGee – the Blue room, Ozone
9. Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff – Skaters waltz, Prestige
10. Cecil Taylor – Conquistador, Blue Note
11. Art Blakey Quartet – Blues back, Jasmine
12. Dizzy Gillespie – Here t’ is, Philips

Episode12 Jazz

1. Kenny Burrell & John Coltrame – Big Paul, Prestige
2. Thelonious Monk – ‘Round about midnight, Byg Records
3. Hank Mobley – Suite, Blue Note
4. the Oscar Peterson Trio – It’s all right with me, Verve
5. Jimmy Smith – Some of my best friends are blues, Metro
6. Sonny Rollins – Ee-ah, Prestige
7. Lionel Hampton – Hamp, Elite Special
8. Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge & Johnny Hodges – the Rabbit in jazz, Verve
9. Andrew Hill – From California with love, Artists house
10. Art Blakey & All Star Jazz Messengers – Moanin’, Eastworld
11. Erroll Garner – the Tease, Philps
12. Sammy Price – Royal garden blues, Musidisc

Episode10 Jazz

1. Gil Evans Orch, Kenny Burrell & Phil Woods – Blues in Orbit, Verve Records
2. Thelonious Monk – Blue Monk, BYG Records
3. Dexter Gordon – Home Run, Prestige Records
4. Philly Joe Jones – Stablemates, Milestone
5. Hank Mobley – Hanks’s Waltz, Blue Note
6. Jimmy Smith – Sonnymoon for two, Blue Note
7. Charles Mingus – What Love, Cbs
8. Kenny Burrell – Mother-In-Law, Cadet
9. Sonny Rollins – To a wild rose, Milestone
10. Lester Young – In a little Spanish town, Jazz Anthology
11. Lionel Hampton – Meet Benny Bailey, Rca
12. Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young – The man i love, Musidisc

Thelonious Monk

Among the most influential musicians, especially amongst pianists, of the twentieth century. Monk had a idiosyncratic improvisational style, both musically and visually, and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire. He is often regarded as one of the founders of bebop, though his playing later evolved away from that style.

Both his prolific compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists, consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, combining a highly percussive attack with abrupt, usually very dramatic, usage of silences and hesitations.

He was also renowned for his distinctively sartorial style in suits, hats and his trademark sunglasses. He was also well known for his actions on stage during performances. While the other musicians in the group continued playing, he would sometimes stop, stand up from the piano, dance for a few moments, and then return to the piano and continue playing. Whether this was part of his act or because he was entranced in his art form has never been substantiated in the few interviews with him. One of his regular dances consisted of continuously turning counter-clockwise, which has drawn comparisons to ring-shout and Muslim Sufi whirling.

Monk is also one of only five jazz musicians to date to be featured on the cover of Time magazine (the other four being Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck).

Father of Thelonious Monk Jr. and Boo Boo Monk.



  1. Thelonious MonkBlue Monk, BYG Records
  2. Thelonious Monk ‘Round about midnight, Byg Records
  3. Thelonious MonkEpistrophy, Riverside
  4. Thelonius MonkReflections, Prestige

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