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Thelonius Monk


Side One: 1. Hackensack 2. Tea For Two 3. Criss-Cross 4. Eronel Side Two: 1. Rhythm-A-Ning 2. Don't Blame Me 3. Think Of One 4. Crepuscule with Nellie
  • Thelonius Monk - piano

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Criss-Cross, Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records, features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet. It has never sounded better than on this 180-gram pressing, which was mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile grade vinyl. Limited to 2000 units worldwide, each copy is individually numbered with a gold-foil stamp. Criss-Cross is a swing-influenced bop album featuring complex melodies and harmonies, Monk's unique style of stride piano, and his unique ideas on pitch qualities for his improvisations. The title track, "Criss-Cross," is one of his more critically acclaimed compositions. For this recording, Monk cut out two bars from the original music in order to speed up the overall feel of the piece. It also features Monk's highly personal use of rhythmic displacement. "Eronel" is a distinctly bop tune that is fast-paced and showcases Monk's virtuousic stride-style piano playing. The track "Crepuscule with Nellie" was a piece Monk had written for his wife. "This is prime Monk for any degree of listener." -allmusic Musicians: Thelonious Monk, piano Charlie Rouse, tenor sax Frankie Dunlop, drums John Ore, bass


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