Giant Steps: Jazz Greats
Courtesy of Library of Congress.
Another one of the founders of bebop, Thelonious Monk's unique approach to music had a powerful impact on the development of modern jazz. Like many of his contemporaries, he was influenced by the Harlem stride style of piano playing, but Monk went on to develop a highly unique style that encompassed unexpected rhythmic pauses and starts, an intentional use of dissonance, and brilliantly improvised chord changes. A nonconformist both musically and personally, Monk was not as well known as other bebop pioneers such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, but in later years Monk gained popularity and eventually became the third jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1964.