Thelonious Monk: Straight No ChaserClosed Captioning
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About the Movie
Filmmaker Bruce Ricker couldn't believe his luck. Michael and Christian Blackwood's extensive 1968 footage of the groundbreaking modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, including the only footage of the very private Monk off stage was in excellent condition. Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser combines Blackwood's rare footage of Monk in studio, on tour, and behind the scenes with new interviews, archival photos and more to create a landmark aural and visual treat.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 6
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Monk music that courses through the film is extraordinary in its range of feeling.
Fresh: I had heard the music before. What the film gave me was an opportunity to see Thelonious Monk creating some of it, and, just as importantly, an opportunity to see how those who knew him loved him.
Fresh: The musical value of this footage is so powerful that nothing can deface it, despite the best efforts of Zwerin to do so.
Rotten: We might be moved by Monk's childlike dependency on his wife, baffled by his esoteric humour, honoured simply by his presence, but all we really need now are the records.
If you like the music of Thelonius Monk, this is a must-see.