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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Straight, No Chaser )

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Straight, No Chaser ) (1988)

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This documentary of the late jazz great Thelonius Monk) (1917-1982) uses footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967-68 by Christian Blackwood. From his childhood in New York City's San Juan Hill, Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Interviews with Monk's manager Harry Colomby and Monk's son and namesake

Oct 17, 1990

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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 Source: Time Out
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The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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 Source: Chicago Reader
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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 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A lively and loving tribute to the genius of Thelonious Monk.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Straight, No Chaser )

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
October 14, 2011
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[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]
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[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]
July 2, 2005
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  • Thelonious Monk (DE)
  • Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (UK)
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