Saturday, January 7, 2012

Standards: "Straight, No Chaser" - Thelonious Monk

When your name is Thelonious Monk, you're already a badass mofo. Add some great piano skills and there you have one of the best jazz players of all time.

His classic "Straight, No Chaser" is one of the most covered jazz standards; for good reason... this track was released in 1951 (at the beginning of what later became hard-bop).

Here's the original track; and a Miles Davis cover from 1958 (featuring John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on tenor and alto sax respectively):

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