Houston Chronicle Previews Jason Moran’s Monk Tribute

Thelonious Monk in 1959. Jason Moran right now.

The world didn’t understand that concert. Moran aims to fix that. by Andrew Dansby

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Sample from the interview:

“He’s a much larger figure than just what he does at the piano,” Moran says. “I thought the way to honor him would be to look past just what happened on the instrument. The love and appreciation I have for Monk grew exponentially after hearing these tapes of him talking about his music in private. I had no idea how specific he was — about the dissonances he uses, the spaces he wants in the music. For me, it was a treasure.”