If you’ve read about Thelonious Monk or even listened to his music, you know right away he continues to be one of a kind. A comprehensive book to read would be Robin Kelley’s: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. I enjoyed this book very much even with the knowledge I already had about Monk.
“Thelonious Sphere Monk (Oct. 10th, 1917-1982) is recognized as one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. He was one of the architects of bebop and his impact as a composer and pianist has had a profound influence on every genre of music.”–Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz site
“Among his works were ”Round Midnight,” ”Straight No Chaser” and ”Well, You Needn’t.” The strange contours of Mr. Monk’s tunes led the jazz critic Whitney Balliett to describe them as rippling ”with dissonances and rhythms that often give one the sensation of missing the bottom step in the dark.”-John S. Wilson, NY Times