Thelonious Monk

I don't pretend to be a huge jazz head, but I do love me some Miles, Mingus and Monk. I always dug the stilted way Thelonious played. I chose this one because someone once said "If you want to get a better understanding of jazz, listen to the album 'Thelonious Plays Duke Ellington.'" I'm paraphrasing and I can't even remember who it was, probably Wynton Marsalis. But the point behind it was that you can take these standards that we all know, put them in someone else's hands, and have a totally new take on the song while still being instantly recognizable. Check out Thelonious banging out this classic with the velvet hammers he calls fingers.