Original art by Todd Goodman, Acrylic Painting on 24"x24" canvas. Prints are available matted on photo paper or framed canvas. Original for sale. Thelonious Monk, one of the Godfathers of Bebop Jazz, was the man who brought me to love jazz music. In my mind, it doesn't get any better than Monk. My older brother, who introduced me to all my favorite music, played me Monk when I was 14. With a mild case of ADD, I was never good at studying and doing homework. His dynamic playing style was frenetic, which I found to be so fun and funky, not the stiff old people music I had thought jazz music was. I loved his ability to sit in the pocket, to find the perfect accents, ghost notes and back beats, his foot tapping and scraping against the floor with his gravel voice humming and singing in the background of his recordings. Everything about his playing attracted me. And through Monk, I found my other Bebop favorites, like Dizzy, Miles, Roach and Coltrane.
In the painting, I chose to use the blue tones for his body to represent the bluesy influence and style of his music, he is a true bluesman. I chose to paint the background in Earth tones reminiscent of the fall foliage of my youth, and the emotional state I'm often swept into while listening to his music. It always reminds of the perfect soundtrack for strolling down a tree lined path in the fall, with yellow, gold and orange leaves strewn about the ground, and a cold breeze dancing through the air.