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Thelonious Monk : Criss-Cross


1963’s “Criss-Cross” served as Thelonious Monk’s second for Columbia Records following “Monk’s Dream” which was issued earlier the same year. Produced by Teo Macero, the singular pianist is joined on the first-rate 8-song endeavor by the likes of Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), John Ore (bass) and Frankie Dunlop (drums).
The excellent quartet offers up takes on six classic Monk compositions including “Hackensack”, “Criss-Cross”, “Eronal,” “Rhythm-A-Thing”, “Think Of One” and “Crepuscule With Nellie” to go along with compelling renditions of the standards “Tea for Two” (Irving Caesar/Vincent Youmans) and “Don’t Blame Me” (Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh).

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Theloniouis Monk’s “Criss-Cross” has truly never sounded better than on this 180 gram pressing from ORG, which was mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl. Limited to 2,000 units worldwide, each copy is individually numbered with a gold-foil stamp.
»In Criss-Cross, his second for CBS, Thelonious is at his greatest. The tightly knit group is woven together by Thelonious’ imcomparable piano. From first note to last, the album swings! It is difficult, indeed, to recall that it is sometimes said that Monk’s music is not the easiest listening. The only thing which is not easy about “Criss-Cross” is to keep your foot from tapping, to divert your attention for a single moment from the opening chorus of “Hackensack” to the last, lovely chorus of “Crepuscule With Nellie”.«
– Nica De Koenigswarter, original liner notes.


1. Hackensack
2. Tea For Two
3. Criss-Cross
4. Erone

1. Rhythm-A-Ning
2. Don’t Blame Me
3. Think Of One
4. Crepuscule With Nellie


Additional information

Weight .280 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm