0033 – Straight No Chaser
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Thelonious Monk first recorded "Straight, No Chaser" in 1951, and kept in in his book for the rest of his career, which lead to a couple of dozen further recordings, mostly live. It's popularity among jazz musicians was greatly enhanced when Miles Davis recorded it in 1958; any time Miles covered Monk, the rest of the jazz world soon followed. Obviously, since it's a 12-bar blues tune, it is not one of Monk's more challenging progressions in any case.
I learned the melody of "Straight, No Chaser" from Davy Graham in about 1980, but didn't really come up with this arrangement until 10 or 12 years later. It lies well in the key of A, always a great blues key, especially for getting those recurring middle voicing notes on the 4th string.