Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sonny Criss - Up, Up and Away

Altoist Sonny Criss' Prestige recordings of the late 1960s generally included a current pop tune or two along with some stronger jazz pieces. This 1998 CD reissue is of particular interest because the intense altoist is teamed with guitarist Tal Farlow (who had recently come out of retirement before slipping back into obscurity for a few more years), pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lenny McBrowne. "Up, Up and Away" (the Fifth Dimension hit) has more challenging chord changes than one would think and, although "Sunny" is lightweight, Criss really digs in and uplifts it. In addition, the leader overflows "Willow Weep for Me" with soul, plays a strong solo on Horace Tapscott's "This Is for Benny" and displays his blues roots on "Paris Blues." However the highpoint is a burning rendition of "Scrapple from the Apple" that finds Criss and Farlow engaged in torrid trade-offs. So overall this CD is more rewarding than it might appear at first glance.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Sonny Criss
Up, Up and Away


1 Up, Up and Away (Webb) 5:32
2 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 5:12
3 This Is for Benny (Tapscott) 6:23
4 Sunny (Hebb, Kern) 5:55
5 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker) 6:47
6 Paris Blues (Criss, Ellington) 7:29

Sonny Criss - as
Tal Farlow - g
Cedar Walton - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Lenny McBrowne - dr

Recorded August 18, 1967


LaroSwing said...

Great post, thank you again and again for sharing all these treasures!

i12rok said...

Thanks great one-Joe

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Buenisimo Sonny Criss!
Muchas gracias

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you so much!

Doug said...

Any chance to reupload the Sonny Criss albums?