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De Wilde, Laurent.
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Monk. English
Publication Information:
New York : Marlowe ; [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1998]

Physical Description:
218 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Reissued with selected discography, c1998.

Translation of: Monk.
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ML417.M846 D4213 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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A personal, anecdotal biography of the great jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. The author is himself a jazz pianist & historian.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

As much appreciation as biography, de Wilde's take on the great jazz pianist-composer Thelonius Monk is both conversationally comfortable and critically astute (de Wilde is a pianist, too)--a most unusual combination, but then, Monk was most unusual.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this vibrant addition to the spate of books about the legendary jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), de Wilde, himself a jazz pianist, approaches his subject with the sensibility of a fellow musician. He covers the few available facts of Monk's life (Monk was not known to talk about himself, and his privacy was strictly protected by his wife and his friend Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswater), and he discusses the musicians and others who worked with him. For the most part, however, de Wilde concentrates on the music, writing in an impressionistic style that captures much of the "incomprehensible magic" of Monk's genius: "Monk composes with a burin and a chisel. Each time he plays a note, it's as if a little shard of marble flies off." At a performance: "He floats, he sails, and he cruises and tacks like a yacht." In the studio where one of his compositions is being recorded: "All the musicians at the session have their tires screeching, trying to make the hairpin turns at breakneck speed!" With vivid pictures such as these, de Wilde evokes the "strange, remarkable lands which bore the Monk signature." (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved