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Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82), American jazz pianist & 2nd-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, also known for his distinctive style in suits, hats & sunglasses. His unorthodox approach used dissonant harmonies, angular melodic twists, combined with a highly percussive attack & abrupt, dramatic use of silences & hesitations. By 2010, he was 1 of 5 jazz musicians featured on the cover of Time, after Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, & Duke Ellington, & before Wynton Marsalis.


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The Specials. They look like a bunch of young men you would not like to me meet in a forgotten alley way.

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