Thelonious Monk 1968
By - ZacHefner
This photo was set up as a reference for for the cover of his album “Underground” It was Thelonious Monk’s last album with his quartet. This was in the late 60’s and the record company was trying to appeal to an edgier rock n’ roll demographic. It is Monk posing as a WWII French resistance fighter.
This is a magnificent album and anybody interested in the slightest should check it out, as well as all of Monk’s other recordings. They are all fantastic. Monk’s angular and off kilter style of playing the piano, combined with his revolutionary harmonic ideas influenced all of modern jazz and earned him the name “The high priest of Bebop”. He is one of the most unique and important musicians of the 20th century. I fucking love Thelonious Monk.
First jazz album I ever bought. Got it just before heading to my grandparents place for a week on summer break from university. I lay in their basement listening to this over and over. The beginning of a life long love of bebop and mid-century jazz in general.
There is a lot to unpack here.
Was he a war veteran? Just trying to help you find a place to start.
What’s the Nazi doing in the background?
He’s tied up. This is a photo reference for his album cover Thelonious Monk:Underground.
Thank you, please elaborate because I’m curious as to this theme or his aim.
^(Btw, I love Monk.)
Notice "Viva la France" written in the back. I'm pretty sure he's supposed to be one of those French resistance fighters during Nazi occupation of France.
And underneath that is (I think) a pic of prez Charles DeGaulle. There's definitely a theme here.
strange to think that when this photo was taken, WW2 was more recent than 9/11 to this year.
You know, just nazi stuff.
I did NAZI that at first.
So much happening in this photo.
God love this absolutely insane man.
Ok I will. Thanks for the advice, bro.
My favorite beer is named after him!
Brother Thelonious is delicious. North Coast is the official brewery of the Monterey Jazz Festival and proceeds from the beer go to supporting Jazz education.
I feel like Super Attendant Charmers looking at this photo
'Good Lord, what is happening in there?!'
Super *Nintendo* Chalmers.
They say that heavy metal is the devil's music but it's jazz. Always jazz.
I always said if I became a pornstar I would call myself Felonious Junk
I bet at least 5% of people would get that pun.
Cool story, tell me more about it
You Tube him if you've never listened to his jazz. Awesome
Watch his fingers. Talk about a unique playing style.
I heard the neighbor was rough but this looks hard core. Is it down In Treme?
A musical genius.
"the piano ain't got no wrong notes"