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Thelonious Monk by Robin D.G. Kelley
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May 17, 10

it was amazing
Read in May, 2010

Kelley provides careful (over 100 footnotes for nearly every chapter) and complete biographical coverage, making every single rehearsal, recording date, tour, and even spontanous playing by Monk come alive. He comes at Monk from so many angles, and he knows enough about music to confidently talk about genious in simplicity and Monk's dedication to the melody, in spite of his noted harmonic adventures. I am happy and exhausted (but never bored) upon finishing. Flipping to the footnotes about recordings and personnel was part of the fun.

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