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Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser

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Charlotte Zwerin

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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. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The musical value of this footage is so powerful that nothing can deface it, despite the best efforts of Zwerin to do so. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Five Star

If you like the music of Thelonius Monk, this is a must-see.

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Special Interest
  • Released: 2014

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