Label: Capitol Records - 07243 582189 2 3 • Series: The Essential • Format: CD Compilation, Reissue, Copy Protected • Country: Europe • Genre: Jazz • Style: Bop
The quartet of musicians that appear on the album had been playing together for four years at the time of the recording sessions, and was thus one of the longer-lived bands of Monk's career.
Allmusic 's Lindsay Planer called the album "some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet. It later became known that as Monk's international profile Criss Cross - Thelonious Monk - The Essential reaching its apex in the mids, his manic depressive episodes were getting more severe and his composing output was diminished.
Criss-Cross and Monk's other Columbia recordings have been criticized for revisiting well-worn material and offering few new compositions or new perspectives on older works. However, many retrospective reviews for CD reissues of the material have argued that the Columbia recordings have their own virtues, documenting a well-rehearsed and creative band that had thoroughly absorbed the material in a way that some of Monk's s and s studio bands were unable to.
Criss-Cross is a post-bop album featuring complex melodies and harmonies, Monk's unique style of stride pianoand 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. Before entering the studio Criss Cross - Thelonious Monk - The Essential record this album, a journalist reportedly asked Monk if he would be recording a new solo rendition of the classic song " Don't Blame Me ", to which he replied: "Maybe, it depends on how I feel when I get there.
The track "Crepuscule with Nellie" is a piece Monk wrote for his wife. Koenigswarter was Monk's friend and patron, and she wrote the liner notes for the original LP. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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