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This Is Criss! (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Sonny Criss

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Along with tenor saxophonist Harold Land, altoist Sonny Criss qualifies as one of the most overlooked giants of West Coast jazz. His sound — like most alto players of the bebop and hard bop days — was heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, but Criss still managed to forge an original style featuring a very original melodic bent with loads of bluesy underpinnings. The goods can be optimally previewed on this great Prestige date from 1966. Backed by a trio consisting of pianist Walter Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Alan Dawson, Criss makes fine work of such rare-bird covers as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "When Sunny Gets Blue." There are also some fine originals here, including Criss' own "Steve's Blues" and Davis' classic "Greasy." A perfect start to your Criss collection.

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WHERE IS.......SONNY'S DREAM!

SONNY'S DREAM (BIRTH OF THE NEW COOL) arranged by HORACE TAPSCOTT IN 1968 on PRESTIGE IT'S A JAZZ MASTERPIECE......... ITUNES IS SLEEPING ON THIS ONE !

Biography

Born: October 23, 1927 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Alto saxophonist William "Sonny" Criss was an anomaly of the jazz musicians who came up during the bebop era. Criss moved to Los Angeles from Memphis at the age of 15, and at 19 played in Howard McGhee's band with Charlie Parker and Teddy Edwards. As was the norm for every alto player, Parker exerted a huge influence on Criss' playing. His beefy, earthy tone can be heard on a number of Savoy sessions beginning the next year. Criss drifted, playing in jazz and R&B groups, including those led by...
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