Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sonny Criss

Artist:  Sonny Criss
Birth Name:  William Criss
Born:  October 23, 1927.  Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Died:  November 19, 1977 (Aged 50).  Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre:  Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Occupation:  Musician, Composer
Instruments:  Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

Sonny Criss was an American Jazz Musician and Saxophonist of the Bebop Era of Jazz, he was one of many players influenced by Charlie Parker.  He played one some records with Johnny Otis and Billy Eckstine.

Title:  Sonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool)  (1992)
Genre:  Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Label:   Original Jazz Classics
Rating:   *****


 1.  Sonny's Dream  (7:33)
 2.  Ballad For Samuel  (4:22)
 3.  The Black Apostles  (5:52)
 4.  The Golden Pear!  (5:10)
 5.  Daughter Of Cochise  (7:34)
 6.  Sandy And Niles  (5:26)

Bonus Tracks:  On CD Reissue:

 7.  The Golden Pear! (Alternate Take)  (5:06)
 8.  Sonny's Dream (alternate Take)  (4:21)


Sonny Criss:  Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Conte Candoli:  Trumpet
Dick Nash:  Trombone
Ray Draper:  Tuba
David Sherr:  Alto Saxophone
Teddy Edwards:  Tenor Saxophone
Pete Christlieb:  Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan:  Piano
Al McKibbon:  Bass
Everett Brown Jr.:  Drums

Sonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool) is an album by Sonny Criss, originally released in 1968 by Prestige Records, remastered and reissued by Original Jazz Classics.  The Penguin Guide To Jazz identified it as part of their recommended "Core Collection".

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