Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sonny Criss - Mr Blues pour flirter

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 René 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


1 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  6:16
2 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  3:29
3 Early and Later, 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, Strayhorn)  4:42
8 On Green Dolphin Street (Washington)  3:28
9 God Bless the Child (Holiday, Herzog, Jr.)  6:07
10 Mr Bues pour flirter, n° 2 (Criss)  5:07
11 Mighty Low (Buckner)  3:49
12 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:49
13 Black Coffee (Webster, Burke)  2:44
14 We'll Be Together Again (Laine, Fischer)  2:59


[# 1, 3-7 & 10] Sonny Criss Quintet
Sonny Criss - as
George Arvanitas - p & org
René Thomas - g
Pierre Michelot - b
Philippe Combelle - dr
Recorded in Paris ; April 22 [# 5-7] ; & 23 [# 1, 3 & 4], 1963
[# 2, 8 & 9] Sonny Criss Quartet
Same as above, except
René Thomas - g, is out
Recorded in Paris ; April 25, 1963
[# 11-14]
Sonny Criss - as
Henri Renaud - p
Michel Gaudry - b
Philippe Combelle - dr
Recorded in Paris ; October 10, 1962


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Oh yes!....and with Rene Thomas :) Marvelous! Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Five tracks I didn't have

Billy K said...

Ah, with Thomas and Michelot, it MUST be great!

Historicus said...

superbe ...... thanks!!!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Mikel Hal said...

Gracias por compartir

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Gil said...

René Thomas et Pierre Michelot, miam. Merci.

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, it's really a superbe album!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Mike said...

Thanks, as always.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot