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Thelonious Monk
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1378  Tuesday, 21 May 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 May 2002 14:12:53 +0100
Subject:        Thelonious Monk

I realize that he said a lot of quotable things, so perhaps it's
apocryphal, but I wonder if anyone has a source for the statement
attributed to Thelonious Monk that "there's no such thing as a bum note;
it depends what you play afterwards".

(I'm aware of his response to the accusation that he'd played a wrong
note, "piano ain't got no wrong notes", but that's not quite the same
thing.)

There is, I hasten to add, a Shakespearian purpose to my asking.

Gabriel Egan

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