Thelonious Monk – Just Enjoy

by Woody on August 2, 2007

Monk

We spend a lot of time at HearYa working to find new bands and new songs for the readers. However, from time to time, we all lose sight of music as a whole. Subsequently, this post is here to do a bit of justice to older music.

Thelonious Monk was as artistic vision and ability were so far ahead of it’s time that it can’t be explained. He was never officially taught or trained to play the piano or drums. The rhythms alone render this fact astounding. Add in the melody, timing, and song writing ability and this becomes unheard of. While Elvis was singing about the color of his shoes, Thelonious Monk invented bebop, perfected bebop, then moved on to something else. The usage of just four instruments (piano, tenor sax, drums, bass) on most of his recordings including Misterioso (1958) and Monk’s Dream (1963) displayed his ability when limited. There was no need to add in extra instruments or sounds to disrupt the careful soundscape he had created.

While Monk died in 1982 he is regarded as one of the premier jazz musicians and piano players of all time. I know much of the music today is amazing and profound, but I doubt much of it will be held in such high esteem in 50 years as his is today. So, take some of your time today and listen to one of the greatest musicians ever and my personal favorite jazz piano player: Thelonious Monk.

Thelonious Monk – Everything happens to Me

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