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“Bemsha Swing” by Thelonious Monk

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“Bemsha Swing” by Thelonious Monk

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“Bemsha Swing” by Thelonious Monk


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    “Bemsha Swing” by Thelonious Monk is a jazz song.

    Song Title: Bemsha Swing
    Artist: Thelonious Monk
    Genre: jazz
    Composer: Copyright © Thelonious Monk and Denzil Best
    Piano: Thelonious Monk
    Bass: Paul Chambers
    Drums: Max Roach
    Tenor saxophone: Sonny Rollins
    Trumpet: Clark Terry
    Recorded: 1956, New York City
    Number of listens: 5178
    Current rank: 2793 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 2570 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)


    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Bemsha Swing” (also known as “Bimsha Swing”) is a jazz standard co-written by Thelonious Monk and Denzil Best.

    The tune is 16 bars in the form of AABA. It is in 4/4 meter but is often played with a 2-feel. The melody consists of a motif around a descending C Spanish phrygian scale (the A section) and a chromatic sequencing of the same motif a fourth higher on an F Spanish phrygian scale (the B section). The chordal movement by contrast suggests a C Major tonality rather than C Spanish phrygian, its relative minor f (melodic or harmonic), or its relative Major, A♭ Major. However, the song ends on a D♭maj7 (#11) rather than a C chord, a displacement which is characteristic of Monk compositions.

    The song was first recorded by Monk on the sessions for the album Thelonious Monk Trio in 1952. It was later recorded with Monk as a sideman on the Miles Davis album Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants. Monk revisited the song on his acclaimed 1957 LP Brilliant Corners.

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