Black Music Research Journal

This journal offers articles on philosophy, aesthetics, history and criticism of black music.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall

A Selection of Monk Sources
Jazz research materials occupy an unsettled position in the bibliographic universe, poorly served by periodical indexes and bibliographies and often ephemeral, out of print, or hidden away in books. Much writing appears first in liner notes or unindexed...
Editor's Introduction
Recently, while sitting in my doctor's office in a small town in southeastern Virginia, I heard a familiar melody floating through the air over the Muzak system. For a few moments I could not identify the tune, wrapped in lush chords and decorated...
Evidence: Monk as Documentary Subject
For those familiar with Thelonious Monk only through recordings, the experience of first seeing him perform on film can be startling. The outrageous hats, the splayed fingers, the sucked-in cheeks, the spastic dancing--all of it suggests a character...
Mainstreaming Monk: The Ellington Album
He is, I think, a major jazz composer, the first since Duke Ellington. --Martin Williams (1963, 33) Monk took much of his style from Ellington and he would like to have been an accomplished pianist who could have articulated in the fashion of...
Monk Meets Sncc
Thelonious Monk--the enigma, the man who could compose with the radio blaring, wore unusual hats, danced around onstage, had periods of acute disconnectedness, and showed particular gifts in mathematics as a high school student--has long been a potent...
New Monastery: Monk and the Jazz Avant-Garde
The musician who once terrified us all no longer seems to disturb a soul. He has been tamed, classified, and given his niche in that eclectic Museum of Great Jazzmen which admits such a variety of species, from Fats Domino to Stan Kenton. --Andre...
"Nice Work If You Can Get It": Thelonious Monk and Popular Song
Thelonious Monk is primarily celebrated as a composer, the creator of a unique body of music that counts as one of the cornerstones of modern jazz. When we think of him as an improviser, it is primarily in the context of his own compositions. As Whitney...
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