Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

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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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Thelonious Monk Discography

Albums

BLP 5002 Thelonious Monk Genius Of Modern Music (Album, Comp) Blue Note BLP 5002 US 1952 Sell This Version
M. 33.342 Thelonious Monk Piano Solo (Album, Comp) Swing (3), Disques Vogue M. 33.342 France 1954 Sell This Version
PRLP 189 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Plays Prestige PRLP 189 US 1954 Sell This Version
MG C-512 Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell, Buddy Rich Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell, Buddy Rich - Bird And Diz (Album) Clef Records MG C-512 US 1954 Sell This Version
S1201, S 1201 Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins - Gigi Gryce · Thelonious Monk · Percy Heath · Art Blakey · Horace Silver · Art Farmer · Kenny Clarke · Cecil Payne · Jimmy Cleveland · Oscar Pettiford · Julius Watkins (Album) Signal (3), Signal (3) S1201, S 1201 US 1955 Sell This Version
RLP 12-209 Thelonious Monk The Unique Thelonious Monk (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-209 US 1956 Sell This Version
84 080 S Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins - Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins (Comp, Album) Prestige, Prestige 84 080 S France 1956 Sell This Version
32-109 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk (Comp, Album) Prestige 32-109 UK 1956 Sell This Version
RLP 12-201 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-201 UK 1956 Sell This Version
RLP 12-235, RM 12-235 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself (Album) Riverside Records, Riverside Records RLP 12-235, RM 12-235 US 1957 Sell This Version
RLP 12-247 Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan - Mulligan Meets Monk (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-247 US 1957 Sell This Version
RLP 12-226 Thelonious Monk With Sonny Rollins, Ernie Henry And Clark Terry Thelonious Monk With Sonny Rollins, Ernie Henry And Clark Terry - Brilliant Corners (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-226 UK 1957 Sell This Version
SD 1278, 1278 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, EP) Atlantic SD 1278, 1278 US 1958 Sell This Version
RLP 12-271 Clark Terry With Thelonious Monk Clark Terry With Thelonious Monk - In Orbit (Album) Riverside Records RLP 12-271 US 1958 Sell This Version
RLP 1158 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Alone In San Francisco (Album) Riverside Records RLP 1158 US 1959 Sell This Version
PRLP 7159 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk (Album) Prestige PRLP 7159 US 1959 Sell This Version
JLP-46 Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane - Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Album) Jazzland JLP-46 US 1961 Sell This Version
RS 9460/9461 Thelonious Monk Two Hours With Thelonious (European Concerts By Thelonious Monk) Riverside Records RS 9460/9461 US 1963 Sell This Version
CP 133.314 Thelonious Monk Criss-Cross (Album) Columbia CP 133.314 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
443 Thelonious Monk In Italy (Album) Riverside Records 443 US 1963 Sell This Version
CL 2164 Thelonious Monk Big Band And Quartet In Concert (Album) Columbia CL 2164 US 1964 Sell This Version
S 62391 Thelonious Monk It's Monk's Time (Album) Columbia S 62391 Europe 1964 Sell This Version
CS 9091 Monk* Monk. (Album) Columbia CS 9091 US 1964 Sell This Version
RM 491 Thelonious Monk Monk In France (Album) Riverside Records RM 491 US 1965 Sell This Version
CS 9216 Thelonious Monk Misterioso (Album) Columbia CS 9216 US 1965 Sell This Version