In the summer of 2003 Columbia Legacy released an extended version of this 1963 effort by Thelonious. Unless you find this earlier CD at a bargain bin price like I did last week, I'd suggest investing in the newer product. But if you end up with this one, which runs just under 45 minutes, at a price you can afford, you won't be sorry. It is wonderful, as are most Monk records. All the way through, as are most Monk releases. It has humor and quirkiness and odd but fitting juxtapositions, as most Monk efforts show. It would be a good starter kit for those just finding Thelonious, and perhaps it is not his best album, but that is a very subjective decision anyway. I own ten Monk discs now, covering four different labels and 20 years of growth. I think all of them are great. Some like his early Prestige sides, more prefer his Riverside recordings, and more than a few people think his Columbia efforts of the early '60's are not quite as good as his previous work. I don't share that opinion. "Criss Cross" is just pure pleasure, with sax, drums and bass accenting Monk's unique relationship with the keyboard. Don't pass this up if you get a chance to acquire it---this is the kind of disc you can hear again and again and again without getting bored.