In this thread we explore the style of Thelonious Monk.
Thelonious Monk Biography:
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Thelonious Monk is considered one of the most important jazz pianists of the 40’s and the development of the bebop style. Many of his compositions have become a part of the standard jazz repertoire, including ‘Round Midnight’, Straight, No Chaser’, ‘In Walked Bud’, ‘Well, You Needn’t’ and ‘Ruby, My Dear’.
Important Discography To Start With:
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- Brilliant Corners - w/ Sonny Rollins and Ernie Henry (sax), Clark Terry (tr), Max Roach (dr) & Paul Chambers (b) 1956 Spotify Link Here
- Thelonious Alone In San Francisco - solo piano 1959 Spotify Link Here
- Underground - Mostly Quartet w/ Charlie Rouse (sax) Larry Gales (b) & Ben Riley (dr) (Jon Hendrick (voc) on one track) 1968 Spotify Link Here
What Do These Exercises Cover?
- Exercises on this thread are built to give the students a deeper view on Thelonious Monk’s style, soloing, comping as well as an overall look into the tradition of jazz through his artistry.
- Exercises are transcription-based, following with a closer look into certain details of his playing. This way we can combine ear-training with learning the language of jazz, as well as analyzing closely what is happening.