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September 28, 2008


Michael Leddy

There's at least one terrific version by Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd. I think it first appeared on a compilation Monk-tribute LP (the tribute series that had versions of Kurt Weill pieces by various hands).

Have you heard "Monk's Mood" from the Carnegie Hall recording? Wow!

Peter Ricci

Dear Robert,

Nice entry on Monk! He always had that ability to improve on a composition, no matter how immaculate it may have seemed.

My name is Peter Ricci, and I am a college and writer who is currently contributing to an upstart online magazine called ‘Too Shy to Stop,’ which focuses on culture and the arts.

I came across your entry, as it would turn out, while conducting research for an essay on Monk! I specifically look at the history and characteristics behind Monk, and argue that he personified all of the grandest traditions of jazz as an American art form.

So, check it out here (http://tooshytostop.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/the-obtuse-brilliance-of-thelonious-monk/) and leave a comment! I think you’ll enjoy it, and I always love to read input from readers.


Peter Ricci

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