Crossings of madness and genius… Monk, Gould, Evans

I’m thinking today of the crossings of madness and genius in Thelonious Monk, Glenn Gould, and Bill Evans. There are many others, of course – Bud Powell comes to mind – who could/should be added to this list. But, these three are the pianists that seem to fill my mind – continually. Their artistry, approach to the instrument, and their creative meanderings have been very influential to me in many ways. I turn to their music often.


Thelonious Monk, “Off Minor”


Glenn Gould, Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 – Prelude e Fugue In A, BWV 888


Bill Evans, “Some Other Time”


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on June 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “Crossings of madness and genius… Monk, Gould, Evans”

  1. I think the idea of crossing madness with genius absolutely applies. They were artists who went out there beyond the borders and edges, stayed connected to their true and higher selves and allowed the energy and information to be channeled through them as music. (Gives meaning to the word “muse”) Thanks for posting this.

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