Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Thelonious Monk
"Criss-Cross" (CD)

Released in 1963, this was Monk's 26th album (second with Columbia.)  This is a CD re-mastered copy full of bright stickers telling me what an important album it is.  Which it is.

I must admit to something: so much of this jazz sounds like...jazz.  I'm not sure I'm learning the difference between the schools, the trends, the regions, the decades.  I don't know if I'm any closer to learning anything meaningful about jazz than I was when I started. 
Sure, I can identify different elements and discuss specific characteristics, but the vocabulary is still eluding me. 

This album is cool, baby, cool.

Am I getting the hang of it?

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