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Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk is credited as one of the pioneering musicians of bebop and is the second most recorded jazz composer in the world. Charlotte Zwerin's documentary tries to unravel Monk, who was known for having a thorny personality and an aggressive playing technique to match. Interviews with Monk's son and fellow musicians shed some light, and performance footage from a European tour captures his idiosyncratic style.

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Critic Reviews for Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

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  • We might be moved by Monk's childlike dependency on his wife, baffled by his esoteric humour, honoured simply by his presence, but all we really need now are the records.

    April 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling.

    April 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The musical value of this footage is so powerful that nothing can deface it, despite the best efforts of Zwerin to do so.

    April 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • I had heard the music before. What the film gave me was an opportunity to see Thelonious Monk creating some of it, and, just as importantly, an opportunity to see how those who knew him loved him.

    April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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    November 22, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • A lively and loving tribute to the genius of Thelonious Monk.

    April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

  • Oct 10, 2011
    watching monk play is always a joy and, while it's a shame the film has to delve into suspicions of mental illness associated with his notoriously eccentric behavior, whatever the truth of the matter, it in no way diminishes his brilliance. a giant of american music. watch it here --> http://youtu.be/E4pmPPtKU64 <-- happy b-day mr monk
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser" is an interesting and entertaining documentary about the innovative jazz musician, Thelonious Monk, and his music. Much of the footage here is from behind the scenes footage shot from an around the world tour in 1967, along with talking heads and other performance footage. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]I was pleased that most of the emphasis was placed on the music, rather than on Monk's personal life. I'm not an expert on jazz, but I realize there was always something about his music that set him apart from most of his contemporaries.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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