Ashley Kahn: Ten Wonderful, Weird Covers of Thelonious Monk Songs

By Gino Robair,

In preparation for Monktober, I talked with Grammy Award-winning writer Ashley Kahn about Monk's legacy. Afterwards, I asked him for a Top Ten list of Monk tunes; he couldn't help but go one better...and then go one more better.

Ten Wonderful, Weird Covers of Thelonious Monk
By Ashley Kahn

"’Round Midnight" — Miles Davis (1969) (YouTube video)
"Work" — Chris Spedding and Peter Frampton (1984)
"Epistrophy" — Vijay Iyer (2010)
"San Francisco Holiday" — Steve Lacy (1962)
"Bemsha Swing/Lively Up Yourself" — Medeski, Martin and Wood (1993)
"Bye-Ya" — Jerry Gonzalez (1989)
"Crepuscule With Nellie" — Jason Moran (2010)
"Ruby, My Dear" — Paul Motian (1988)
"Misterioso" — Sonny Rollins (1957)
"Shuffle Boil" — Matt Smiley (1984)

...and one more for good luck:

"In Walked Bud/Billie Jean" — Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et (2013)

Ashley Kahn is a journalist, producer, historian, and author of the liner notes for Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Craft Recordings)
Read Keyboard’s exclusive Monktober interview with him HERE.

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