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Thelonious Monk 1968

Thelonious Monk 1968

FartinVanBuren63

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.


Yardarm51

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.


Lookalikemike

There is a lot to unpack here.


TorrenceMightingale

Was he a war veteran? Just trying to help you find a place to start.


pupuphlatter

What’s the Nazi doing in the background?


phoeab

He’s tied up. This is a photo reference for his album cover Thelonious Monk:Underground.


pupuphlatter

Thank you, please elaborate because I’m curious as to this theme or his aim. ^(Btw, I love Monk.)


Raginbakin

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.


JayDuBois

And underneath that is (I think) a pic of prez Charles DeGaulle. There's definitely a theme here.


hurst_

strange to think that when this photo was taken, WW2 was more recent than 9/11 to this year.


SplodyPants

You know, just nazi stuff.


WeirdEngineerDude

I did NAZI that at first.


jesseberdinka

So much happening in this photo.


EaseofUse

God love this absolutely insane man.


TorrenceMightingale

Ok I will. Thanks for the advice, bro.


MisterCatLady

My favorite beer is named after him!


tjhcreative

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.


JustHell0

I feel like Super Attendant Charmers looking at this photo 'Good Lord, what is happening in there?!'


Scrimping-Thrifting

Super *Nintendo* Chalmers.


tucci007

They say that heavy metal is the devil's music but it's jazz. Always jazz.


BigBadBadness

I always said if I became a pornstar I would call myself Felonious Junk


mattjshermandotcom

I bet at least 5% of people would get that pun.


PhilDunphyYo666

Cool story, tell me more about it


SageNana

You Tube him if you've never listened to his jazz. Awesome


Yardarm51

Watch his fingers. Talk about a unique playing style.


angryfupa

I heard the neighbor was rough but this looks hard core. Is it down In Treme?


Remorseful_User

A musical genius.


The_Magic_boy

"the piano ain't got no wrong notes"


nixerx

So badass.