POX: Thelonious Monk compositions

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Yes, there are other Monk threads out there, but they seem to focus on the recordings rather than the compositions.

My ten:
Ask Me Now
Brilliant Corners
Four in One
In Walked Bud
Little Rootie Tootie
Monk's Mood
Straight, No Chaser
Well You Needn't

Dodo Lurker (Slim and Slam), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 03:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Round Midnight
Let's Cool One
Who Knows
Straight, No chaser
Friday the Thiteenth

That's as far as I can get off the top of my head. Way more familiar with Steve Lacy playing Monk tunes than Monk himself tbh which is something I need to rectify.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

without repeating -

bemsha swing
green chimneys

adult music person (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

round midnight
52nd st. theme
bye ya
ruby my dear
in walked bud
bemsha swing
crepescule for nellie
straight no chaser

funny that monk didn't actually write all that many songs, compared to a lot of the other big jazz composers. but pretty much each one is classic.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 14:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

isn't it the case he didn't write a lot of stuff down? kinda makes sense when you think about his style and the odd rhythmic accents and stuff

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Think denzil best said he wrote "bemsha swing."

bamcquern, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 16:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Officially, "Bemsha Swing" is co-written by Monk and Best, and probably was genuinely from both of them (unlike Cootie Williams' non-contribution to "'Round Midnight").

Dodo Lurker (Slim and Slam), Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Friday The Thirteenth just absolutely burns.

xelab, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

got to also be a mention of Bright Mississippi and Blues Five Spot on this thread.

xelab, Thursday, 18 June 2015 21:07 (three years ago) Permalink

The three that have crept up on me over the years and become ones I really enjoy and look for are

Coming on the Hudson
Light Blue

Brakhage, Saturday, 20 June 2015 01:15 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...


5 tributes to the Monk Centennial.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The Wadada solo one is really beautiful.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...


I'm kind of obsessed lately with this slower tempo, loose, almost cecil taylor-esque Epistrophy

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

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