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

One of the finest documentaries about jazz, Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and highlights from Monk's career. Although this disc is technically not as impressive as it could be, the content of the film makes it a must-own for any jazz enthusiast. Hopefully Warner Bros. will one day see fit to lavish this film with a deluxe release.

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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

    • Image coming soon
      Harry Colomby
    • Thelonious Monk
      Thelonious Monk
    • Image coming soon
      Sam Wright - Narrator

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