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Sonny Criss: The Complete Imperial Sessions (1956) 2000

The Complete Imperial Sessions

Track list:

CD 1:

01. Willow Weep For Me *
02. These Foolish Things *
03. Blue Friday *
04. Sunday *
05. More Than You Know *
06. Easy Living *
07. Alabamy Bound *
08. Something’s Gotta Give *
09. West Coast Blues *
10. Criss Cross *
11. Ham’s Blues *
12. Sweet Georgia Brown *
13. Summertime **
14. Memories Of You **
15. Whalin’ With Joe **
16. How Deep Is The Ocean **
17. The Blues For Rose **
18. The Man I Love **

LP9006 [1 front]

CD 2:

01. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along **
02. Blue Prelude **
03. After You’ve Gone **
04. Come Rain Or Come Shine **
05. How High The Moon **
06. If I Had You **
07. I Love You ***
08. Anything Goes ***
09. Easy To Love ***
10. It’s All Right With Me ***
11. In The Still Of The Night ***
12. Love For Sale ***
13. Night And Day ***
14. Just One Of Those Things ***
15. What Is This Thing Called Love ***
16. I Get A Kick Out Of You ***

LP9020 [1 front 1]

Personnel:

* Jazz – U.S.A. [Imperial LP 9006]:
Sonny Criss – alto sax;
Kenny Drew – piano;
Barney Kessel – guitar;
Bill Woodson – bass;
Chuck Thompson – drums

** Go Man! [Imperial LP 9020]:
Sonny Criss – alto sax;
Sonny Clark – piano;
Leroy Vinnegar – bass;
Lawrence (Larance) Marable – drums

*** Plays Cole Porter [Imperial LP 9024]:
Sonny Criss – alto sax;
Larry Bunker – vibes;
Sonny Clark – piano;
Buddy Clark – bass;
Lawrence (Larance) Marable – drums

Recorded:
*: Los Angeles; January 26, February 24 & March 23, 1956
**: Los Angeles; July 10 & 31, 1956
***: Los Angeles; August 26 & October 3, 1956

This Compilation:
Released: 2000
Label: Blue Note
24564

Re-issue Producer: Michael Cuscuna
Re-mastered by: Ron McMaster

LP9024 [1 front 1]

*****

This double disc re-issue on Blue Note contains the three releases that alto saxophonist Sonny Criss did for Imperial: Jazz U.S.A., Go Man!, and Plays Cole Porter.

These sessions were all recorded in 1956 at a time when Criss had honed his amazing bebop alto precision.

These 34 performances contain only five of his originals and are surrounded by mainly standards.

The bands consisted of solid line-ups with Sonny Clark or Kenny Drew on piano; Barney Kessel on guitar; Leroy Vinnegar, Buddy Clark or Bill Woodson on bass; Larry Bunker on vibes; and Larance Marable or Chuck Thompson taking care of drumming duties.

While Criss had a career that erratically spanned the ’70s, these Imperial sessions (re-issued in glorious mono) contained highly regarded performances of passionate blues, moving ballads, and energetic up-tempo pieces.
~Al Campbell[allmusic.com]

*****

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