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Monk, Thelonius – Crepuscule With Nellie [1957]



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Crepuscule with Nellie Thelonious Monk

"Crepuscule With Nellie", recorded in 1957, "was Monk's only, what's called through-composed composition, meaning that there is no improvising. It is Monk's concerto, if you will, and in some ways it speaks for itself. But he wrote it very, very carefully and very deliberately and really struggled to make it sound the way it sounds. [... I]t was his love song for Nellie," said biographer Robin Kelley in an interview.


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Monk, Thelonius

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant