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Jazz Changes$
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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Monk Unique

Monk Unique

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(p.229) Monk Unique
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0038

“The Unique Thelonius Monk” received excellent reviews. Nat Hentoff in “Down Beat” gave it “four and a half stars” because Monk remains “one of the insatiably, irrepressibly, and valuably individual jazzmen in our era.” He “has an intense sense of drama (not melodrama) that can create a reflectively dissonant, almost hypnotic mood . . . and a sharply knifed penchant for shaping and reshaping a few key phrases into a hail of plunging aural mobiles.” Whitney Balliett from “The Saturday Review” called it “an essential record”. He said: “Monk's style—loose, almost diffident dissonances, wry single-note lines, a laggard-like beat—is easily plumbed. Here he winds his way . . . keeping the melody always just below the surface and embellishing it more than reworking its chords. . . .”

Keywords:   Unique Thelonius Monk, Thelonius Monk, Down Beat, The Saturday Review, Nat Hentoff, Whitney Balliett

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