Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser [DVD] [1988]

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Special Features

  • Interactive menus
  • Monk career highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene access
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Portuguese


Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
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. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Harry Colomby
  • Thelonious Monk
    Thelonious Monk
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    Sam Wright - Narrator

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