Dave Ratcliffe Piano
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Thelonious Monk: ’Round Midnight
Two years on from inaugurating this place, I wanted to bring Monk’s ”Round Midnight front-and-center. Working out the transcription in 1989 and recording it into the disklavier in 1993, daily practice recommenced in January to revive it, making possible the recording in March. Like Duke Ellington, Monk’s music and playing is beyond category. Films reflecting some of his essence are Thelonious Monk: American Composer (1991) and Straight No Chaser (1988).
“Of course I come from a family of musicians,
like all of us, since my family is the world.”
                                   —Thelonious Monk, 1963

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