THELONIOUS MONK: Brilliant Corners – John Fordham examines the brilliant corners …..

"When I was discovering jazz as a student, Thelonious Monk seemed to epitomise the artistic originality, indifference to rules and guileless eccentricity (he liked weird hats, and was given to shuffling dances onstage) that I loved about the music. Monk's piano solos clanged with dissonance, bumped along in hopping runs or glowered with baleful silences, and his astonishing compositions (now recognised as modern musical landmarks, regardless of genre) had a strange, inelegant beauty that brusquely reinvented what melody, harmony and rhythm could mean."

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