1963’s Criss-Cross served as Thelonious Monk’s second recording 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).
Monk’s Criss-Cross has truly 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 2,000 units worldwide, each copy is individually numbered with a gold-foil stamp.
- Limited, numbered 180gram pressing of Monk’s 1963 masterpiece
- Pressed at Pallas in Germany on 180 gram vinyl
- Mastered from original tapes by Bernie Grundman
- Numbered limited edition of 2,000 Copies