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Thelonious Monk: Criss-Cross

Read "Criss-Cross" reviewed by David Rickert

Monk’s first record for Columbia could be accused of being a safe bet since it features a selection of classic Monk tunes instead of new material. However, don’t dismiss it too quickly. On the original recordings of these songs, the pianist played as if he was chiseling the tunes out of marble, and part of the ...