Sonny Criss - Portrait of Sonny Criss

Sonny Criss - Portrait of Sonny Criss
Artist: Sonny Criss
Duration: 31:04
Album: Portrait of Sonny Criss
Recording Date: March 12, 1967
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Recording Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Release Date: March 12, 1967

Sonny Criss' second of seven Prestige albums (which has been reissued on CD under the OJC imprint) finds the passionate altoist using the same rhythm section as on the earlier date: pianist Walter Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Alan Dawson. Criss is in fine form on five jazz standards (including a heated "Wee" and an emotional version of "Smile") plus Davis' gospel-ish "A Million or More Times." An excellent outing.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
A Million or More TimesSonny Criss4:25
Wee / Denzil BestSonny Criss4:32
God Bless the Child / Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog, Jr.Sonny Criss6:30
On a Clear Day / Burton Lane / Alan Jay LernerSonny Criss6:21
Blues in the Closet / Oscar PettifordSonny Criss5:14
Smile / Charlie Chaplin / Geoffrey Parsons / John TurnerSonny Criss4:39

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