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Day 164: Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners

11 Aug

Brilliant Corners

Jazz?  On my Swole Ear?  What is this madness?

A certain, more abrasive commenter told me to check out some work by Thelonious Monk, a jazz pianist and composer.

Believe it or not, I’m kind of lost for words.

As someone who has never listened closely to a single song from the jazz genre, how exactly am I supposed to put together 250+ words about an entire jazz record?  This won’t be the first (or last) time I’ve winged a Swole Ear post, I guess.

I’ll be straight with y’all.  I found Brilliant Corners boring.  It’s different than the zone-out music that I often write so fondly about—I wouldn’t call this album relaxing by any means.  There’s pretty much always something jarring happening, whether it’s another seemingly misplaced drum fill, or that sax riff for what feels like the 100th time.

Maybe I just don’t get it.  If I recall, it took a bit of perseverance for me to get into the hipster garbage world that is indie music.  Perhaps I need to listen to more jazz in order to really appreciate what I just listened to.  There’s an important question that I have to ask myself, though: is that what I really want to do at the moment?  I think the answer is no.  As far as this blog goes, I’m pretty content with being stuck in the world of modern, “obscure” music.  Yeah, that’s ignorant of me, but is a little instant gratification too much to ask for from a project like this?

So no, I’m not into jazz at the moment.  I prefer checking out buzz bands, and even ripping them new ones can be fun for me.  I’m conflicted, though, because having a broad musical horizon is important to me.  This probably won’t be the last jazz post of this blog.  Who knows, maybe next time around, I’ll get it.