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Straight, No Chaser

Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1967 Ratings: #30 / 79
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Based on 67 ratings
1967 Ratings: #22
Liked by 12 people
March 20, 1967 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Post-Bop / Genre
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The History of The Albums – n° 338

How can one be considered as one of the greatest geniuses in the history of jazz, but still be neglected? We may think that it is paradoxical, even impossible, yet this is exactly what Thelonious Monk represents in my eyes, the ugly duckling of the pantheon of the « high farmyard » of Jazz. History has its reasons that we can't explain, while there are some who are touched by grace, others unfortunately never had this chance. ... read more


Probably the best album I have heard from Monk

Favorite Track: Straight, No Chaser

Least Favorite Track: Straight, No Chaser


This album is pretty innovative, but then again you could say the same of anything Monk ever did due to his extremely forward-thinking and sometimes obtuse seeming playing and compositional style. It constantly changes pace and tone, the playing is of course immaculate throughout (special shoutout to saxophonist Charlie Rouse who is sometimes unfairly shat on by people for some reason) and the songs are meandering for sure but distinctly sculpted in Monk’s own vision. Perhaps not the ... read more

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Track List

  1. Locomotive
  2. I Didn't Know About You
  3. Straight, No Chaser
  4. Japanese Folk Song
  5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  6. We See
  7. This Is My Story, This Is My Song
  8. I Didn't Know About You - take 1
  9. Green Chimneys

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Added on: August 22, 2017