Thelonious Monk

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day review –Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and more shine bright
Powerful musical moments are undercut by exasperating blandness in this rerelease of Bert Stern’s film of the 1958 Newport jazz festival

Peter Bradshaw

29, Aug, 2021 @9:03 PM

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Miles Davis, Newport 1955: the day of a sensational comeback
The jazz trumpeter had been sidetracked by heroin, but sealed his return with this deft, inventive set that showed how much he could wring out of a single piece of music

John Fordham

09, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Sharp suits, thin ties and the coolest musicians on Earth: Jazz 625 is back!
It was a piece of black and white magic, a perfect fusion of sound and music boasting Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington – and lots of smoke. Can the landmark TV show now bewitch a new generation of fans?

Richard Williams

29, Apr, 2019 @1:43 PM

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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes review – pristine doc of tonal clarity
Sophie Huber’s film, though sanctioned by the jazz record label, is no hagiography, interviewing key players and adding fantastic rostrum pictures of the era

Leslie Felperin

15, Mar, 2019 @8:00 AM

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London jazz festival: this year's must-see gigs
Singer Zara McFarlane, the festival’s director, and our jazz critic choose their five unmissable concerts from this year’s festival

Zara McFarlane, John Cumming, John Fordham

09, Nov, 2017 @9:28 AM

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The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk
He played angular and slow when the fashion was for fast and sun-drenched. And a misdiagnosed bipolar condition meant he retreated into silence for the last years of his life. But now the pianist’s singular talent is finally being heard

Candace Allen

06, Nov, 2017 @9:53 AM

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Thelonious Monk: Piano Solo review – his compelling first solo recording
(Sony Legacy)

Dave Gelly

29, Oct, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 review – long-lost classic
(Saga)

Dave Gelly

30, Jul, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Thelonious Monk's surreally strange and spartan genius gets its due
The legendary pianist’s centenary was celebrated and his music vibrantly updated by John Beasley and his remarkable MONK’estra

John Fordham

12, Jul, 2017 @6:00 AM

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John Beasley: Monkestra Vol 1 review – Thelonious Monk boldly reimagined
(Mack Avenue)

Dave Gelly

21, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Orrin Keepnews obituary
Record producer who boosted the careers of jazz musicians including Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

Richard Williams

04, Mar, 2015 @2:58 PM

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Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression review – a lavishly illustrated history of the great jazz label
Richard Havers’s book about Blue Note records, with its details of the inspirations and excesses of the label’s major talents, amounts to a history of jazz itself, writes Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad

16, Nov, 2014 @12:00 PM

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