Thelonious Monk - American Composer (DVD)
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With Thelonious Monk III, Ben Riley, Billy Taylor, Orrin Keepnews, Randy Weston. Limited Edition in special packaging! Through a more personal and conversational style of documentary, Thelonious Monk – American Composer was the first fully rounded portrait of this terribly misunderstood man and musician. He was the pianistic ringleader of the bebop revolution and, after Duke Ellington, Jazz’ first major composer. Thelonious Sphere Monk – a most original talent –remained a highly productive musician after more than thirty years of musical activity and continued to be a growing artist, exploring his art and extending his range. Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series – as entertaining as it is educational and memorable – that celebrate a pantheon of the greatest innovators in Jazz. Individual programmes trace the lives and works of master musicians who defined the course of America’s classical music. From its birth in New Orleans, to swing, the big bands, bebop, free Jazz and beyond – all of it is explored with sensitivity and in unique depth. Over 80 interviews were filmed in the making of the series. Featured artists come to life through these interviews, exciting rare performances, period footage and vintage photographs meticulously reproduced. Both the video and audio content has been restored and remastered in accordance with state-of-the-art specifications.