Monk never stepped out of the music, he simply would just stop playing the piano perhaps leave the bandstand but he has always been inside.
At any moment from his first note he sounds as if he’s played a couple before that, his sound is heard in utter silence. I also noticed that he doesn’t only play music for the ears but music for all five senses and beyond. He is a composition, watching his very movement you hear sound whether he’s on and off the bandstand even his gestures are part of the music.
Monk is perfectly in time, I’m almost tempted to say if the trees, rivers and the mountains were to sing some jazz they would sound like him, he is tremendously in sync with the rhythm of life.
What a gift!!!