Thelonious Monk (1917-82) is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington despite the fact that Ellington wrote over 1,000 songs and Monk only wrote about 70. No matter whether he was playing cool jazz piano or hard bop it was impossible to escape his unique style, which critic Philip Larkin famously dismissed as “the elephant on the keyboard”. Although “Round Midnight” may be more familiar, his composition “Epistrophy” has been referred to as the first modern jazz composition.

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