Chapter

Introduction

Gabriel Solis

in Monk's Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252004.003.0001
Introduction

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Monk is an icon of jazz history and American culture in general. This chapter explores his legacy, looking at how and why musicians from successive generations have reacted and responded to that legacy, and provides an account of its reception history. A critical reception of the work of jazz critics, historians, and so forth is important in constructing Monk's legacy, and is discussed. In addition, the chapter focuses on performers and performance. It also stands as a case study for larger questions about influence in jazz and the concept's significance for jazz historiography. Finally, the chapter explores the question of how Monk, who was once an enigmatic and controversial figure on the fringes of the jazz world, is now lauded as one of the greatest members of the music's canon and has become part of jazz history.

Keywords: jazz history; Monk's legacy; Thelonious Monk; jazz critics

Chapter.  7135 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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