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Thelonious Monk - Criss Cross


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Artist - Thelonious Monk

Title - Criss Cross

Format - Single 180-Gram Vinyl LP

Label - Pure Pleasure

2017 Reissue

Analogue Limited Edition

Audiophile Re-Mastering

Pressed at Pallas


"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. Whether revisiting pop standards or reinventing Monk's own classic compositions, Monk and Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums) exchange powerful musical ideas, as well as provide potent solos throughout the disc. Fittingly, 'Hackensack' — a frenetic original composition — opens the disc by demonstrating the bandleader's strength in a quartet environment. The solid rhythmic support of the trio unfetters Monk into unleashing endless cascades of percussive inflections and intoxicating chord progressions.

"The title cut also reflects the ability of the four musicians to maintain melodic intricacies that are at times so exigent it seems cruel that Monk would have expected a musician of any caliber to pull them off. 'Tea for Two' showcases Monk's appreciation for the great stride or 'walking' piano style of James P. Johnson and Willie 'The Lion' Smith. The arrangement here is lighter and features a trio (minus Rouse) to accent rather than banter with Monk's splashes of magnificence throughout. Likewise, Monk's solo on 'Don't Blame Me' is excellent. The extended runs up and down the keyboard can't help but reiterate the tremendous debt of gratitude owed to the original stride pianists of the early 20th century. This is prime Monk for any degree of the listener." — AllMusic




A1 Hackensack
A2 Tea For Two
A3 Criss-Cross
A4 Eronel
B1 Rhythm-A-Ning
B2 Don't Blame Me
B3 Think Of One
B4 Crepuscule With Nellie


Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment

Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment


Ultrasonic Cleaning

Your vinyl record will be cleaned by the Degritter 120kHz ultrasonic cleaning system. It has been carefully designed to make sure that records are cleaned thoroughly and without any damage to the surface of the record.

Ultrasonic cleaning works by creating a large number of microscopical bubbles in the cleaning bath, a phenomena called cavitation. The bubbles are a vacuum created by high frequency pressure waves moving through the water.

Every ultrasonic cycle bubbles are formed and collapsed, releasing energy as heat and minuscule strong water jets. These effects combined thoroughly clean all surfaces down to a microscopic level.

Cost of service is per vinyl record.  For example, Double LP records will require TWO cleaning service purchases. Price will include a new antistatic sleeve.