Thelonious Monk: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


Thelonious Monk (piano)


Monk's Dream (Columbia CK 40786)

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Thelonious Monk (piano).

Composed by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour & Frank Eyton


Recorded: New York, November 1, 1962


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

With a kind of slow and heavy stride gait in the left hand and a right hand building arabesques around the melody before improvising, Monk definitely gives a highly personal version of this standard. A version that seems to emerge from the reiteration of almost the same chorus played again and again, with the pianist's moans and grunts reflecting his effort to make a masterwork with such density out of this overused set of chords. The final chorus comes closest to the melody and, capped by conclusive high notes, appears like a light at the end of a tunnel.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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