Do you listen to music whilst making art? Yes? What do you listen to? Some Mantovani, perhaps, to put you in a relaxed frame of mind...or John Zorn's Naked City metal mayhem to liven you up? My creative soundtrack tends to consist of avant-garde electronic music, or Jazz. Speaking of the latter, Thelonious Monk has been in my life for over 30 years. Just the other day I was listening to the Brilliant Corners album, which after all this time is still an amazing listening experience and actually seems to grow in stature.
To honour Monk and this being the centenary year of his birth, I decided to start a series based on some of his tunes. Shown here are details from three variations on Monk's Mood.