Monk S Music Gabriel Solis

ISBN: 9781282360341

Published: January 1st 2007


239 pages


Monk S Music  by  Gabriel Solis

Monk S Music by Gabriel Solis
January 1st 2007 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 239 pages | ISBN: 9781282360341 | 10.63 Mb

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) was one of jazzs 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 jazzs 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 Monks music and on the jazz canon itself. Gabriel Solis shows how the work of this stubbornly nonconformist composer emerged from the jazz worlds 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 historys construction. He considers how Monks 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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