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Ethan Iverson on Thelonious Monk in the New Yorker

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Thanks for posting, David. There may be some sniping/complaining about it, but it worked for me.

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I've started to read. Mosaic is a "boutique label"?
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1 hour ago, Larry Kart said:

I've started to read. Mosaic is a "boutique label"?

Perfect.

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Let the sniping begin.

Edited by paul secor

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Nice essay.

I'd never read that Monk quote (via Steve Lacy): “You’ve got to dig it to dig, you dig?”

Fantastic. Love it.

 

Happy 100th, TSM!  

Edited by HutchFan

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I thought he hinted at a couple of interesting ideas (on timbre and something else), but other than that (and a couple of good/obscure quotations) a machine could've written it.  Not Ethan's best work and not adequate to the subject at hand.

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It doesn´t sound like Monk if you hold the fingers in the more classical position how he does it. The secret of Monk´s sound is you must imagine a bit to be him to slip in his physical manners of playing the piano.

If he´d hold the fingers in the flat positions and would make a bit more body movement he would hit the Monk-sound better.

And to give an example of how Monk would play a tune you don´t need sheet.

Monk´s way of harmonizing an otherwise simple piece are quite logic, it´s his "language" and if you get inside that language you can get nearer to what he might have done.

My wife said once, after looking at some video: "He plays the piano as if he had invented that instrument just for himself". She´s not a musician but I think that´s the point.

 

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Thank you for posting that. A lot there to digest. At a first quick read, there are things I may not agree with (and things that I do agree with), but that's not the point. It got me thinking more about Monk, and that is the point.

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