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Musicians have always endeavored to incorporate the popular music of the day into jazz repertoir, although the effort has to often seemed forced since the advent of rock. Undetered, Sonny Criss visited New York from his Los Angeles home early in 1968 and recorded this album, which make room for the hits of Sonny & Cher and Bobby Gentry and the theme from the film Dr. Zhivago. Each of these titles, as well as the more typical fare that rounds out the program, are given treatments that sound totally natural in the hands of the great alto sazophonist who is joined here by a magnificent rhythm section. Also notable are "Calidad," which updates one of Criss's earlest recorded compositions, and the ballads "Georgia Rose" and "Yesterdays." Those who seek to improvise on "new standards" today could do worse than taking a cue from this convincing and uncompromising jazz session.


1. The Beat Goes On
2. Georgia Rose
3. Somewhere My Love
4. Calidad
5. Yesterdays
6. Ode To Billie Joe

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B00004Z3ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on April 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I think of great alto saxophonists, I think of performers like Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy or Sonny Criss. This 1968 Prestige Records release was remastered at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley California by Kirk Felton in 2000, the sound quality easy on the ears and crystal clear. The rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw (bass), Cedar Walton (piano) and Alan Dawson (drums) does a wonderful job backing "West Coast" Sonny.

Criss particularly stands out due to his blues-laced horn and interesting phrasings, with Cedar Walton standing out amongst the sidemen most on these tracks. On "Calidad" Walton breaks off into a romping solo sure to get you toe-tapping in no time, and "Yesterdays" takes a moment to show-off Criss's dexterous abilities and once again showcases some wonderful piano work from Walton. All around this is a great album to own and belongs in jazz collections everywhere.

Personnel:
Sonny Criss (alto saxophone)
Cedar walton (piano)
Bob Cranshaw (bass)
Alan Dawson (drums)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on October 21, 2002
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This 1968 date finds Sonny Criss tackling a kenspeckle batch of material that includes everything from "Yesterdays" to "Ode to Billie Joe" & "The Beat Goes On". The title-track is the standout, with a relaxed, spacious groove that rolls on for seven minutes without a hitch--great stuff. The band's a good one, with Cedar Walton, Bob Cranshaw & the great Alan Dawson performing smoothly & in complete sympathy with the leader. The album's let down a bit by the unsubtle studio sound, which makes Walton's piano sound rather harsh & clunky, but it's not bad, & anyone who's interested in Criss will find this a worthwhile purchase. Like most Prestige albums it's short measure at 33 minutes--caveat emptor--but it's a good album nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 0855 on November 30, 2011
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This CD is exceptional clear music even though it was recorded and remastered songs are banging mellow and some hot bebop songs would recommed this.
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