Thelonious Monk

Real Name:
Thelonious Sphere Monk
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American jazz pianist and composer.

Born: 10 October 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA.
Died: 17 February 1982 in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA (aged 64).

One of the most influential pianists of the twentieth century, Thelonious Monk had a idiosyncratic improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire. He is often regarded as one of the founders of bebop. Monk's prolific compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists. His unorthodox approach to the piano combines a highly percussive attack with abrupt, use of silence and dramatic pauses. He was also known for a distinct fashion sense in his suits, hats and trademark sunglasses. Monk was an unconventional stage presence, known for getting up from his piano to dance (sometimes in a counter-clockwise motion which drew comparisons to ring-shout and Muslim Sufi whirling) while his band members were still playing. Monk is one of only five jazz musicians to date to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, which puts him in a select company with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck.

Father of Thelonious Monk Jr. and Boo Boo Monk.
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PRLP 189 Thelonious Monk Plays — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Plays Prestige PRLP 189 US 1954 Sell This Version
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M. 33.342 Piano Solo — Thelonious Monk Theolonious Monk* Piano Solo (Album, Comp) Swing (3) M. 33.342 France 1954 Sell This Version
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PrLP 190 Sonny Rollins And Thelonious Monk — Thelonious Monk Sonny Rollins And Thelonious Monk Sonny Rollins And Thelonious Monk - Sonny Rollins And Thelonious Monk (Album) Prestige PrLP 190 US 1955 Sell This Version
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LP 7053 Thelonious Monk — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk (Comp, Album) Prestige LP 7053 US 1956 Sell This Version
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LTZ-U15019 Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington (Album) Riverside Records LTZ-U15019 UK 1956 Sell This Version
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RLP 12-209 The Unique Thelonious Monk — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk The Unique Thelonious Monk (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-209 US 1956 Sell This Version
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RLP 12-247 Mulligan Meets Monk — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan - Mulligan Meets Monk (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-247 US 1957 Sell This Version
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RLP 12-226 Brilliant Corners — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-226 US 1957 Sell This Version
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RLP 12-235 Thelonious Himself — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-235 US 1957 Sell This Version
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RLP 12-271 In Orbit — Thelonious Monk Clark Terry With Thelonious Monk Clark Terry With Thelonious Monk - In Orbit (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-271 US 1958 Sell This Version
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1278 Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk — Thelonious Monk Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* With Thelonious Monk Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* With Thelonious Monk - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (Album) Atlantic 1278 South Africa 1958 Sell This Version
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12-262 Way Out! — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Way Out! (Album) Riverside Records 12-262 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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3606 Bird, Dizzy, Monk: Une Rencontre Historique — Thelonious Monk Charlie Parker - Dizzy Gillespie - Thelonious Monk Charlie Parker - Dizzy Gillespie - Thelonious Monk - Bird, Dizzy, Monk: Une Rencontre Historique (Album) Barclay-Verve 3606 France 1960 Sell This Version
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SR-7019 Thelonious Alone In San Francisco — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Thelonious Alone In San Francisco (Album) Riverside Records SR-7019 Japan 1959 Sell This Version
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R-5002, JLP-46 Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane - Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Album) Jazzland R-5002, JLP-46 Japan 1961 Sell This Version
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CS 8765 Monk's Dream — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Monk's Dream (Album) Columbia CS 8765 US 1963 Sell This Version
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RS-9443 In Italy — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk In Italy (Album) Riverside Records RS-9443 US 1963 Sell This Version
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CP133.314 Criss-Cross — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Criss-Cross (Album) Columbia CP133.314 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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BP473081, CL2164 Big Band And Quartet In Concert — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Big Band And Quartet In Concert (Album) Columbia BP473081, CL2164 New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
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S 62391 It's Monk's Time — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk It's Monk's Time (Album) Columbia S 62391 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
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CL 2291 Monk. — Thelonious Monk Monk* Monk. (Album) Columbia CL 2291 US 1965 Sell This Version
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1233, SDBR 1233 The Immortal Charlie Christian — Thelonious Monk Charley Christian*, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk* Charley Christian*, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk* - The Immortal Charlie Christian (Album, Comp) Everest, Everest 1233, SDBR 1233 US 1965 Sell This Version
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BPG 62549, 62549, CL 2349 Solo Monk — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Solo Monk (Album, Comp) Columbia BPG 62549, 62549, CL 2349 UK 1965 Sell This Version
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RS 9491 Monk In France — Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Monk In France (Album, Comp) Riverside Records RS 9491 US 1965 Sell This Version
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CS 9216 Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) — Thelonious Monk Monk* Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) (Album) Columbia CS 9216 US 1965 Sell This Version