Saturday, 8 June 2019

Sonny Criss

Mr. Blues Pour Flirter (1963)

Don't Get Around Much Anymore/This Can't Be Love/Early And Later Part 1/Early And Later Part 2/Once in A While/Saint Louis Blues/Day Dream/On Green Dolphin Street/God Bless The Child 
This is a bit of a little-known jazz album from 1963. Criss was a tenor saxophonist of the "be-bop" and "hard-bop" style, originally and cut this album in Paris in 1963. As I state in all my jazz reviews, I am certainly no jazz expert, but I know what I like, as they say. This is an instrumental album packed full of lively, rollicking stand-up bass, excellent, crystal clear percussion, rocking keyboard and, of course, Crisss's tenor sax. Hammond organ features considerably too, giving many of the tracks a late-night, smoky, soulful patina, as indeed does some wonderful jazz guitar in places.

Apparently, Criss committed suicide in 1977. It is always a shame to read things like that.

The saxophone on this album is truly excellent in the laid-back, late night way that jazz like this had and, as seems to always be the case, the sound quality is absolutely superb. Wonderful stereo and definition. A highly recommended, relatively, unknown gem. Oh, and I love the atmospheric cover too. If you want a bit of smooth jazz for a dinner party background you can't go far wrong with this.

Oh, and I've always loved the rear end of the woman on the cover...

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