Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is undoubtedly one of the most individual voices in jazz. He was an accomplished piano player who deliberately stripped back his technique to create a style that is spare, abstract, wilful, witty, angular and lyrical. The same qualities apply to his unmistakeable compositions, many of which are now regarded as classic jazz standards, though there’s frequently very little that is ‘standard’ about them. His strong stylistic choices (beret, fez, dark glasses) and on-stage eccentricities (sudden shuffle-dances around the piano) are sometimes hard to separate from suggestions of unspecified mental illness.
He also suffered traumatic brushes with racism: he was unable to perform live for many years after refusing to testify against his friend Bud Powell in 1951, and was violently beaten by police in Delaware after refusing to answer questions whilst unlawfully detained.
Original photography by William P. Gottlieb. Full photo restoration by us.
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