Thelonious Monk 1965

Monk was a fascinating man, and he discusses himself as a pianist, a composer, and a bandleader in this 1965 interview with Les Tomkins. From the interview:

TM: I wasn’t trying to create something that would be hard to play. I just composed music that fit with how I was thinking. I knew musicians would dig it, because it sounded good. I didn’t want to play the way I’d heard music played all my life. I got tired of hearing that. I wanted to hear something else, something better. In fact, I wanted to play differently. I had a different conception of rhythm section, and all that.

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—peter blasevick