Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

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Feb 12, 1989
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Charlotte Zwerin
Jimmy Cleveland Himself (trombonist, Thelonious Monk Octet)
Harry Colomby Himself (personal manager)
John Coltrane Himself
Ray Copeland Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet: trumpet) (archive footage)
Nica De Koenigswarter Herself
Tommy Flanagan Himself (duo, piano performance)
Larry Gales Himself (Thelonius Monk Quartet/Thelonious Monk Octet, bass player)
Johnny Griffin Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet, tenor sax)
Barry Harris Himself (duo, piano performance)
Bob Jones Himself (road manager)
Teo Macero Himself (Columbia Records producer)
Thelonious Monk Jr. Himself
Nellie Monk Herself
Clint Eastwood , Bruce Ricker , Charlotte Zwerin

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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk is credited as one of the pioneering musicians of bebop and is the second most recorded jazz composer in the world. Charlotte Zwerin's documentary tries to unravel Monk, who was known for having a thorny personality and an aggressive playing technique to match. Interviews with Monk's son and fellow musicians shed some light, and performance footage from a European tour captures his idiosyncratic style.

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