Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Gabriel Solis

Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making

University of California Press
Publication date: November 2007
ISBN: 9780520940963
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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"Gabriel Solis's study of Thelonious Monk's legacy energizes an important development in jazz studies. Respectful of Monk and his musical heirs, Solis nevertheless offers insights on Monk myth-building by opposing jazz camps in which both moldy figs and avant-gardists claim him as their own. Moving beyond exploding these turf battles, Solis comes to deep realizations about jazz as a practice. This will become an often-cited work, even a transformative one."â¿¿Steven F. Pond, author of Head Hunters: The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album (winner of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's Woody Guthrie Prize)
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Monk’s Music

Solis’ acknowledgements are heartfelt and heart-warming. He was given grants to survive while completing the book and this displays a nod to all struggling artists, be them musicians or writers. And these are the members of the book’s audience who may benefit most from reading it; or at least they are largely who it is about. ‘In a sense,’ he writes, ‘it is a book of reception history, but of a particular sort.’ He means the movements of the people who took lots from Monk’s work, what they did with it, and what it meant to them and others both in root form and in the revision they attempted. If ever there was a subject with as much variety as possible within the world of jazz studies, Gabriel Solis must have picked it here. ‘Authentication’, ‘Classicism’ and Performance are all given thought, and one of the closing chapters examines the position of the Avant-Garde, in relation to Monk. For those complex Monk lovers out there, this book offers a heightened view of what the post-Monk era has to offer, and has been offered.
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