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Thelonious Sphere Monk (Rocky Mount, North Carolina 10th October 1917 - Hartsdale, New York 17th February 1982) was a pianist and composer.

Widely considered as one of the most important musicians in jazz – he is one of only five jazz musicians to be featured on the cover of Time – Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Epistrophy," "'Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Straight No Chaser" and "Well… read more

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  • Avatar for El_Salvador7
    Indeed Monk was not part of the avant-garde free jazz scene, but he undeniably did inspire huge parts of it. So it's not even that wrong, really.
  • Avatar for El_Salvador7
    People hear somebody play weird free sounding sounds, they thinkin: "that's free jazz right there." Can't blame em for that. Jazz is always free, that's the beauty of it. That's what makes it appealing.
  • Avatar for Artakha
    No, not free jazz. [3]
  • Avatar for lnqdty
    No, not free jazz. [2]
  • Avatar for GoatUser
    Man, I could understand a jazz newbie tagging this stuff as Free Jazz having no real idea of what that actually is, and I mean he had his harsher moments, but how did it get popular enough to get to the fifth most used tag? I'm pretty damn fuckin' sure not even a single track he ever made in his life was free jazz.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    I agree completely. In fact it's my favorite Monk album and one of my top 10-15 albums of all time.
  • Avatar for TiwilyDarling
    Alone In San Francisco needs more love. Such an amazing solo record.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    No, not free jazz.
  • Avatar for WeatheredStone
    Nice fingers dude.
  • Avatar for Keolia
    Nice fingers dude.

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