Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser’€¬ (Documentary, 1988)

The Dead Sea Scrolls of jazz. Thelonious Monk – Straight No Chaser: Produced by Clint Eastwood, the documentary is a medley/marriage between West German television documentarians Michael and Christian Blackwood’s archival 1968 footage “of the groundbreaking modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, including the only footage of the very private Monk off stage”, and filmmaker Bruce Ricker’s (then) contemporary behind the scenes look into Monk’s life (interviews with family, bandmates, mgmt, etc). Raw and illuminating, a must-see for Monk devotees, and/or those interested in 20th century jazz (titans). Incredible footage/performances throughout.

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