Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

Director: Christian Blackwood, Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin Cast: Charles Rouse, Harry Colomby

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This documentary of the late jazz great Thelonius Monk) (1917-1982) uses footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967-68 by Christian Blackwood. From his childhood in New York City's San Juan Hill, Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Interviews with Monk's manager Harry Colomby and Monk's son and namesake shed light on the character of the jazz giant. Executive producer Clint Eastwood got the idea for the project while researching the life of Charlie Parker for his film Bird.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2019
UPC: 0883929675210
Original Release: 1988
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 9,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Rouse Participant
Harry Colomby Participant
Barry Harris Participant
Tommy Flanagan Participant
Thelonious Monk Actor
Jimmy Cleveland Actor
Ray Copeland Actor
Nica de Koenigswarter Participant
John Griffin Participant
Bob Jones Participant
Phil Woods Actor
Samuel E. Wright Narrator

Technical Credits
Christian Blackwood Director,Cinematographer
Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin Director,Producer
Joan Churchill Cinematographer
Clint Eastwood Executive Producer
Dick Hyman Score Composer
Bruce Ricker Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
1. Evidence [2:35]
2. Beginnings..and Bebop (Rhythm-a-ning, On the Bean) [3:30]
3. 'Round Midnight [2:31]
4. Well, You Needn't [2:42]
5. A Professional (Bright Mississippi, Blue Monk) [2:54]
6. A Bust and a Breakthrough (Trinkle Tinkle, Rhythm-a-ning) [3:53]
7. Recording Session [2:42]
8. Ugly Beauty [4:47]
9. Ask Me Now; Time Cover [3:32]
10. Thelonious Monk Jr. (Rhythm-a-ning) [3:13]
11. Just a Gigolo [3:56]
12. Nellie (Crepuscle with Nellie) [2:26]
13. I Should Care [2:42]
14. London (We See) [2:49]
15. Oska T. Rehearsal [2:46]
16. Evidence [3:33]
17. Epistrophy [3:13]
18. Don't Blame Me [4:45]
19. Ruby, My Dear [1:44]
20. Hard Work [1:06]
21. I Mean You [3:08]
22. Home Again (Lulu's Back in Town) [1:20]
23. Gift From A Baroness [1:47]
24. Off Minor [1:24]
25. Nica's Recollections [2:48]
26. Catville (Pannonica) [2:55]
27. Boo Boo's Birthday [3:02]
28. Misterioso [2:56]
29. Overwhelmed (Monk's Mood) [3:24]
30. Sweetheart of All My Dreams [1:46]
31. End Credits ('Round Midnight) [3:17]

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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
like, where did this cat come from? you don't need to like jazz to dig this guy. monk was a true master that transended styles and trends...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this film, you come no more close to ''understanding'' where the music in Thelonious Monk comes from than you do about where he gets his fashion tips. But the music IS extraordinary, despite his eccentricities which, apparently, were involuntary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie you understand where his beautifully off-kilter harmonies come from: the man was twisted. He turned in circles to a beat only he could hear and interpret. Soaring and a little sad, this is a great documentary about one of the greatest composers of the 20th century