Thelonious monk his life and music thomas fitterling steve lacy on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers presents a study of the pioneering jazz pianist covering his career and highlighting his work in composition. Thelonious monks music is instantly recognisable sounding as if the modernist schoenberg had inherited the jazz tradition of fats waller angular music jangling with discordant note clusters set over jerking rhythms which nevertheless seem to swing it is redolent of his beloved new . Thelonious monk is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and one of first creators of modern jazz and bebop for much of his career monk played with small groups at miltons playhouse. This is a very well written concise biography of monk that is comprehensive enough to foster an understanding of his influences and the music and cultural scene in which he emerged
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