Thelonious Monk records his twenty sixth album : ‘Criss-Cross’ (1962)

Thelonious Monk’s ‘Criss-Cross’ is his twenty sixth album recorded on November 6, 1962 and March 29, 1963 and released the same year by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Hackensack (Thelonious Monk) – 04:12 . 2.Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar – 03:46 . 3.Criss Cross (Thelonious Monk) – 04:52 . 4.Eronel (Monk, Idrees Sulieman, Sadik Hakim – 04:29 . 5.Rhythm-A-Ning (Thelonious Monk) – 03:53 . 6.Don’T Blame Me (Jimmy Mchugh, Dorothy Fields – 07:04 . 7.Think Of One (Thelonious Monk) – 05:17 . 8.Crepuscule With Nellie (Thelonious Monk) – 02:45

Musicians : Thelonious Monk — Piano . Charlie Rouse — Tenor Saxophone . John Ore — Bass . Frankie Dunlop — Drums

Production : Produced By Teo Macero

Package : Sandy Speiser – Photography . John Swenson – Liner Notes . Allen Weinberg – Art Direction

Recorded November 6, 1962 – March 29, 1963 At New York City.

Released 1963 By Columbia.


Yeah, that’s what I thought too, but he said it better. On to the contest. A double take of a cover which is already a mirrored double take: you are ahead of me it’s Double Crossing Time. […]

All About Jazz
Perhaps Monk sensed that this would be the last time he would record these tunes in the studio, or maybe Macero gave him more takes to hone a flawless performance. Nevertheless, Criss Cross was (and is) a great way for listeners unfamiliar with Monk to experience him for the first time in slightly low-key performances of classic Monk tunes […]

The solid rhythmic support of the trio unfetters Monk into unleashing endless cascades of percussive inflections and intoxicating chord progressions. […]


Thelonious Monk’s ‘Criss-Cross’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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