Sep 16, 2005

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (1989)

In the 1960's, Christian Blackwood shot all of this priceless candid footage of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Two decades later, Charlotte Zwernin (of GIMME SHELTER fame) assembled his footage with contemporary interviews to provide an entertaining and full-blooded look at this eccentric genius. It is one of the greatest films ever made about jazz. God bless executive producer Clint Eastwood for hopping on board to get this made. In my opinion, it's even better than his own BIRD.

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