Thelonious Monk, Himself CD reissued

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Thelonious Himself



Recorded with fabled jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, this is the first of mercurial pianist Monk's handful of solo piano recordings. It's been recently reissued, with bonus alternate takes, in a 24-bit format. Monk's quirky, heavy-hands treatment of several Tin Pan Alley standards ("April in Paris," "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You") and a handful of originals ("Round Midnight," "Monk's Mood") has a close-to-the-vest feel, with each note sounding hard won. On the newly composed "Functional," he deftly executes his eccentric melding of stride piano with forward-thinking harmony and zigzag ideas. Nearly three minutes into "Monk's Mood," up pops the pianist's new protégé, John Coltrane, who thoughtfully plays the sweet, sad melody. —Eric Snider

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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