Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making / Edition 1

Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making / Edition 1

by Gabriel Solis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520252012

ISBN-13: 9780520252011

Pub. Date: 12/05/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was one of jazz's greatest and most enigmatic figures. As a composer, pianist, and bandleader, Monk both extended the piano tradition known as Harlem stride and was at the center of modern jazz's creation during the 1940s, setting the stage for the experimentalism of the 1960s and '70s. This pathbreaking study combines cultural theory,

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Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was one of jazz's greatest and most enigmatic figures. As a composer, pianist, and bandleader, Monk both extended the piano tradition known as Harlem stride and was at the center of modern jazz's creation during the 1940s, setting the stage for the experimentalism of the 1960s and '70s. This pathbreaking study combines cultural theory, biography, and musical analysis to shed new light on Monk's music and on the jazz canon itself. Gabriel Solis shows how the work of this stubbornly nonconformist composer emerged from the jazz world's fringes to find a central place in its canon. Solis reaches well beyond the usual life-and-times biography to address larger issues in jazz scholarship—ethnography and the role of memory in history's construction. He considers how Monk's stature has grown, from the narrowly focused wing of the avant-garde in the 1960s and '70s to the present, where he is claimed as an influence by musicians of all kinds. He looks at the ways musical lineages are created in the jazz world and, in the process, addresses the question of how musicians use performance itself to maintain, interpret, and debate the history of the musical tradition we call jazz.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252011
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/05/2007
Series:
Roth Family Foundation Music in America
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE. MONK AND HIS MUSIC
1. Prelude: A Biographical Sketch
2. Hearing Monk: History, Memory, and the Making of a Jazz Giant

PART TWO. MONK, MEMORY, AND THE MOMENT OF PERFORMANCE
3. The Question of Voice
4. Three Pianists and the Monk Legacy: Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, and Jessica Williams

PART THREE. INSIDE AND OUTSIDE: MONK’S LEGACY, NEOCONSERVATISM, AND THE AVANT-GARDE
5. Defining a Genre: Monk and the Struggle to Authenticate Jazz at the End of the Twentieth Century
6. “Classicism” and Performance
7. Monk and Avant-Garde Positions
8. Loving Care: Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and Randy Weston

Afterword
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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