"Epistrophy" is a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke in 1942. It has been called "the first classic, modern jazz composition."[1]

Its 'A' section is based on a pattern of alternating chords a semitone apart.



"Epistrophy" - 1948 Recording by Thelonius Monk in the Blue Note Sessions.


  1. ^ Anthony Brown, "Modern Jazz Drumset Artistry," The Black Perspective in Music, Vol. 18, No. 1/2 (1990), pp. 39-58

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