Just a Gigolo
Thelonious Monk Lyrics


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The way Monk plays is like a child hovering over a box of chocolates, deciding which to pick first.

Kevin Herbert

gr8 comment!!!!

all standby

hovering over a box of .... good expression....


MONK is true genius!!! Some would say his technique is horrid, I couldn't disagree more!!! He could play with standard technique and posture, he was at Juilliard for a period. But He is a true artist and makes every effort to throw out the typical piano technique and consciously chooses expression beyond flowing lines. The freedom and child-like Purity of Harmonic and Rhythmic Expression at its best MONK is BEYOND LEGATO!!! My Favorite Pianist and one of my Favorite Composers without a doubt.

Sluff Adlin

I don’t think you can play Monks tunes with proper technique, it wouldn’t sound quite the same.


Like watching Picasso paint.


I absolutely love it! Brakes all the rules, pushes the song to the absurd edge, and always willing to take the risk of falling flat on his face. Razor sharp improv jazz! Genius


You can see really clearly here that he sometimes stops and listens to the resonance of the chord he's just played; he seems to be always stretching for "the lost chord" as it were, something inbetween the familiar. And he has such a wonderful timing.

Harold Fethe

Can make you laugh and cry in the same tune. It's been almost 30 years, and nothing's come anywhere near his stature or inventiveness.

Michael Chapman

Love Monk's take on "Every thing happens to me" Matt Dennis & Tom Adair 'Chasing & improvising beautifully the haunting melody as Monk is doing here....

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