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Criss Cross

Based in the provincial city of Enschede, in the eastern Netherlands, Criss Cross Records captured the aesthetic essence of cutting-edge hardcore New York jazz more consistently than any other label on 400+ albums recorded between 1981 and 2019. Founder Gerry Teekens (1936-2019), a linguistics professor by day and a semi-professional drummer by night, was a connoisseur of groove -- he  operated by the motto, "If you have a great band, but not a great drummer, forget it."

Teekens knew talent and was not afraid to follow his instincts. Operating on a budget defined by his teacher's salary and subsequent pension, he began by recording such masters as Chet Baker, Jimmy Raney, Johnny Coles, Warne Marsh, Clifford Jordan and Slide Hampton when they were on European tours. As the 1980s progressed, he began to make regular trips to New York to document the best and brightest of several generations of the Big Apple's best-and-brightest young jazz musicians. 

 
That's why the Criss Cross catalog includes the debut releases by such present-day jazz icons as Benny Green, Bill Charlap, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Brian Lynch, Peter Bernstein, Keyon Harrold, Orrin Evans, Steve Wilson. and Eric Alexander. There multiple albums by postbop masters like Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Alex Sipiagin, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers, and Sullivan Fortner; and consequential dates by Jazz at Lincoln Center alumni like Herlin Riley, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines and Rodney Whitaker. To  propel the flow, Teekens assembled exemplary rhythm sections with young masters like pianists Brad Mehldau and Mulgrew Miller; bassists Christian McBride and Peter Washington; and drummers Jeff Watts, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash, and Kenny Washington. And that's just a short-list.

In short, it's a remarkable catalog, synonymous with excellence, as closely tuned into the zeitgeist of its era as Blue Note Records -- under the guidance of another independent proprietor, Alfred Lion, himself a jazz lover from central Europe -- was to elite jazz streams of expression between 1947 and 1969. Criss Cross will remain a consequential voice as the 2020s proceed -- Teekens' family intends to sustain the label and keep the legacy alive

The Color of US Suite

The Color of US Suite

Donald Edwards Quintet

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From Here To Here

From Here To Here

David Gilmore

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After Life

Noah Preminger

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Terrible Animals

Lage Lund

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Ganymede

Matt Brewer

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Misha Tsiganov

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Tim Warfield

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Genuinity

Genuinity

Noah Preminger

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Victor Gould

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Three For Three

Three For Three

Mike Moreno

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Moments Captured

Moments Captured

Alex Sipiagin

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Kayemode

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David Kikoski

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The Time Verses

The Time Verses

David Binney

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Transitions

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David Gilmore

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The Purity of The Turf

The Purity of The Turf

Ethan Iverson

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Unspoken

Unspoken

Matt Brewer

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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Seamus Blake / Chris Cheek

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Prelude To Real Life

Prelude To Real Life

Donald Edwards

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Spring Feelings

Spring Feelings

Misha Tsiganov

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Tickle

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The In-Between

The In-Between

Danny Grissett

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Zach Brock

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Idlewild

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Lage Lund

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Balance 38-58

Balance 38-58

Alex Sipiagin

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