Brilliant Corners: A Bio-Discography of Thelonious Monk

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In this masterful compilation, world-recognized discographer Chris Sheridan draws together the most comprehensive reconstruction of Thelonious Monk's performances and recordings. Woven through the chronological listing of Monk's work is the story of his rise to acceptance as one of the key pianists and composers of jazz and his decline in health and popularity to his death in 1982.

Following a Prologue which attempts to summarize the career and man, the narrative discography covers Monk's entire performance career. This is followed by appendixes listing all microgroove and post-microgroove issues of Monk's performances, all known commercially produced films and videos in which Monk took part, a listing of all of his engagements from 1944 until his career petered out in the mid-1970s, and a bibliography. The work concludes with an index of the people, places, producers, and radio and television programs referred to or quoted in the main taxt, a listing of all musicians, vocalists, and broadcast presenters who took part in the recordings or who played in Monk's bands, an index of all the titles used for Monk's tunes by other musicians and vocalists, and a listing of all tunes played, together with their composers and, where relevant, lyricists. A comprehensive reference work for all scholars and other researchers involved with jazz from the 1940s onward.

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Covering all the recorded material featuring Monk's work, and placing it within a narrative context, this work provides the essential data on the recordings accompanied by commentary from recent critics and those from the period. Chapters progress chronologically from 1944 to the mid-1970s. Appendixes list all the issues of Monk's work, all commercially produced films and video of which he had a part, his performances, and a bibliography of books and periodicals of interest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

CHRIS SHERIDAN is a discographer, writer, and UK correspondent for Down Beat. Former editor of British network television news programs and award-winning producer, Sheridan has a parallel life as a jazz writer, publishing in magazines in the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan as well as the UK. He is well-known as a discographer, first through a 15-year stewardship of the world's longest-running discographical column, Jazz Journal's "Jazz Information," and then for his international praised bio-discographies, Count Basie: A Bio-Discography (Greenwood Press, 1986) and Dis Here: A Bio-Discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (Greenwood Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xvii
Abbreviations xxi
Portrait of an Eremite: Prologue xxv
1 Misterioso: The Minton's and Blue Note Years 1
2 Hackensack: The Prestige Recordings, 1952-1954 37
3 Brilliance: The Riverside Era, 1955-1961 53
4 Four in One: The Columbia Years, 1962-1968 113
5 Crepuscule: The Last Years, 1969-1975 193
6 Reflections: Epilogue 227
1 Criss-Cross: Thelonious Monk on Record 235
Part 1 Singles 235
Part 2 Issues on EP, LP, CD and Tape 239
2 We See: Thelonious Monk on Film and Video 327
3 Work!: Thelonious Monk's Diary, 1944-1976 339
4 Evidence: Bibliography 469
1 General Index: People, Places, Producers and Programmes 477
2 Hornin in: Index to Musicians 487
3 Let's Call This: The Titles Others Used 493
4 Rttythm-a-Ning: Index to Tune Titles 497
1 Monk's X-Files 513
2 Shuffle Boil: Stop Press Addition 515
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