Blue Monk Chords

Below you will find the chords for the bebop blues tune, Blue Monk, as played by Thelonious Monk. Please note that these chords are different than the real book changes by design in order to match his initial recording from 1954 off his Thelonious Monk Trio album. Note that the real book includes an E diminished chord in measure six, which could be added in and still match the melody (but that’s not how he played it on the recording.) Also note that the Real Book includes an F7 in measures 9 and 10, but he plays an F7 to an Eb7 on his recording. He also tends to play different turnarounds in measure 8 and 12.

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