but dizzy could, & he could develop. but now, i do remember this about monk. monk's feelings got hurt
because dizzy & charlie was getting all of the credit for this music, this style -
i used to go over to monk's house with him, drink some wine with him. 'come on, i want you to hear
what i'm doing,' he said. 'i'm gonna let them take that style, & go ahead, & i'm gonna get
a new style.' i used to go over to monk's & sit down & drink. his mother would fix some food for us,
& he would just play for me, all this funny-type music that he was playing & he had gone altogether different
from what he had been doing. i said, 'hey man . . . that's outtasight! what're you doing, whaddayou call that?'
'i don't know man, it's just - you know.' he couldn't explain it to me. & i never thought of monk
as a great piano player. but he would fumble on that piano & get these things out & made all the dissonant
chords, & major seconds, & minor seconds. & i said 'hey, man,
that's outtasight.' 'well, i'm going on now with my new music,' he said.
& he did. he did go right on along with his new music."
harmonie park detroit july 11, 1988