Thelonious Monk - Criss-Cross (1963/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 36:45 minutes | 773 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
„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. 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.