The painting below was inspired by the piano playing of jazz musician Thelonious Monk is called “Misterioso”.
Like the jazz painting titled “Dial Africa” influenced by John Coltrane, it to was painted on paper using acrylic, ink and liquid wax.
Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “Epistrophy”, “‘Round Midnight”, “Blue Monk”, “Straight, No Chaser” and “Well, You Needn’t”.
Monk is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70.
Thelonious Monk – “Misterioso” (T.Monk Quartet – 1958)
Thelonious Monk (piano)
Johnny Griffin (saxophone, tenor saxophone)
Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone)
Roy Haynes (drums)
“I don’t consider myself a musician who has achieved perfection and can’t develop any further. But I compose my pieces with a formula that I created myself.
Take a musician like John Coltrane. He is a perfect musician, who can give expression to all the possibilities of his instrument.
But he seems to have difficulty expressing original ideas on it. That is why he keeps looking for ideas in exotic places. At least I don’t have that problem, because, like I say, I find my inspiration in myself”. – Thelonious Monk