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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

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Credited cast:
Jimmy Cleveland ...
Himself (trombonist, Thelonious Monk Octet)
Harry Colomby ...
Himself (personal manager)
...
Himself
Ray Copeland ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet: trumpet) (archive footage)
Nica De Koenigswarter ...
Tommy Flanagan ...
Himself (duo, piano performance)
Larry Gales ...
Himself (Thelonius Monk Quartet / Thelonious Monk Octet, bass player)
Johnny Griffin ...
Himself (Thelonious Monk Octet, tenor sax)
Barry Harris ...
Himself (duo, piano performance)
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Himself (road manager)
Teo Macero ...
Himself (Columbia Records producer)
Thelonious Monk Jr. ...
Himself
Nellie Monk ...
Herself
Thelonious Monk ...
Himself (archive footage)
Frank Paccione ...
Himself-Vocalist (singing voice)
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A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

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31 October 1990 (France)  »

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Straight, No Chaser  »

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$518,918
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1.33 : 1
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One of three 1988 Clint Eastwood movies. along with Bird (1988) and The Dead Pool (1988) See more »

Quotes

Thelonious Monk: [scribbles something on a piece of paper] Can you read that?
Nica De Koenigswarter: A beautiful message.
Thelonious Monk: If somebody can decipher that for you, you know, and say what it means, get what it means, it'll upset you. You'll flip, I mean flip for real!
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Rhythm-a-ning
Written by Thelonious Monk
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Perhaps interesting if you like the music. As a documentary of little value.
22 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I knew nothing of this musician before seeing the documentary. Afterwards I felt very strongly how closed the circle of jazz-lovers is, I learned very little. This documentary is not an invitation to join them, it is absolutely not meant for 'outsiders'. It is mostly a collection of rare footage for the fans, besides that it is of little value. How important it is to the fans is shown by the high average vote it got before I voted. As a documentary it has no universal appeal. It would be great if it had both: universal appeal and rare footage of the musicians on tour.


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