Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sonny Criss

Sonny Criss was relatively inactive as a leader in the first half of the 1960s, though he did produce outstanding music during two trips to Paris. The latter visit in 1963 resulted in these studio sessions,originally released by Brunswick and reissued in complete form (with three unreleased tracks) by Polydor, before reverting to the initial version on this Verve CD reissue. Powered by some of France's finest musicians, including guitarist Rene Thomas, bassist Pierre Michelot, drummer Philippe Combelle and pianist Georges Arvanitas, the hard bop alto saxophonist mixes it up with a set which contains classic jazz compositions, standards and an original. Arvanitas switches to organ for a peppy take of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and Criss' two part blues "Early and Later." But the leader's best solo comes during the smoking interpretation of "On Green Dolphin Street." Arvanitas' introductory vamp to the softly played "God Bless the Child" hints at "One for My Baby (and One for the Road)" before Criss makes his entrance. Highly recommended !
Ken Dryden
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Sonny Criss
Mr. Blues Pour Flirter
Jazz in Paris


1 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell) 6:16
2 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers) 3:29
3 Eary and LaterI, Pt. 1 (Criss) 4:20
4 Early and Later, Pt. 2 (Criss) 4:36
5 Once in a While (Edwards, Green) 3:41
6 St. Louis Blues (Handy) 5:01
7 Day Dream (Ellington, Latouche) 4:42
8 On Green Dolphin Street (Washington) 3:28
9 God Bless the Child (Herzog, Holiday) 6:07

Sonny Criss - as
Georges Arvanitas - p & org
René Thomas - g
Pierre Michelot - b
Philippe Combelle - dr

Recorded 1963 in paris ; April 22 [# 5-7] ; April 23 [#1, 3-4] ; & April 25 [# 2, 89]


Melanchthon said...

rowgatien said...

Ah! Did not listen to it yet. This one is completely out of the blue for me I'm sorry to say! Big thanks for this Criss.

rm said...

merci beaucoup!

Kovina Kris said...

Another gift to appreciate. Thank you so much Mel!

jose arboleda said...

Any chance you can reupload,thanks.