March 4, 2014
Thelonious Monk under the lights of the Salle Pleyel, Paris, 1969.
"I Mean You," from which this image was captured, viewable here.

Thelonious Monk under the lights of the Salle Pleyel, Paris, 1969.

"I Mean You," from which this image was captured, viewable here.

January 14, 2014

Carmen McRae, “Get It Straight”

Ms. McRae’s take on Monk’s “Straight No Chaser”

November 25, 2013
If you happen to have a spare $125K in couch change, you may want to bid on this 1951 manuscript of Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser.”
At its eBay page, you can read why the title above reads “Can’t Call It That.”

If you happen to have a spare $125K in couch change, you may want to bid on this 1951 manuscript of Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser.”

At its eBay page, you can read why the title above reads “Can’t Call It That.”

September 19, 2012

Thelonious Monk Quartet, “Let’s Cool One”

Excellent, and the unaccompanied Johnny Griffin tenor solo—“I got it, I got it.”—hooks the audience at the Five Spot in summer 1958. And us.

Love the cover.

(Source: Spotify)

July 9, 2012
Thelonious Monk, The Complete Genius

Thelonious Monk, The Complete Genius

May 12, 2012
Thelonious Monk, At the Five Spot

Thelonious Monk, At the Five Spot

October 22, 2011
Carmen McRae, Carmen Sings Monk

Carmen McRae, Carmen Sings Monk

August 26, 2011
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk

August 2, 2011
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra, At Town Hall

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra, At Town Hall

April 17, 2011
Thelonious Monk, The Thelonious Monk Story

Thelonious Monk, The Thelonious Monk Story