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Criss Craft

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24bit HDCD digitally remastered of his 1975 album, his first one as a leader in six years .
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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • ASIN: B00009UVXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I agree with pretty much everything the reviewers below had to say but wanted to add some more detail. These tunes were mostly recorded on February 24th, 1975 with a band consisting of Criss on the alto sax, Ray Crawford on the guitar, Dolo Coker on the piano, Larry Gales on the bass and Jimmy Smith on the drums.
Criss is easily my candidate for the most underappreciated alto player of all time. A superb bop stylist, he could play anything. His recordings always featured wonderful blues playing, incredibly melodic ballad playing and when he kicked into uptempo, he was as fast and articulate as was humanly possible. He was also the possessor of an unique tone- very fiery and passionate in his sound. It is as recognizably his own as Jackie McLean's or Parker's or for that matter, Julius Hemphill's or Arthur Blythe's.
One of his favorite song writers was the great LA pianist, Horace Tapscott (another great artist who has been ignored outside of his home turf). Tapscott is the writer of my two favorite songs on this album The Isle Of Celia and the breathtaking This Is For Benny. On the latter, Criss starts off way fast and just throws off melodic variation after variation. All within a solo that has an overall logic and development. How do people think or create at this level? Truely wonderful.
The band of LA veterens that accompany him on this disc are mini-revelations in themselves. Coker and Crawford are wonderfully melodic soloists in their own right.
Two years after this recording, Sonny Criss died at his own hand. None of us can do anything about the fact that he was so largely ignored during his lifetime. Now would be a good time, however, to learn about this talent. I believe you will as captivated as I am. Who knows, you may want to spread the news about him as much as I do. Criss was a great player, someone you should know if you love bop sax players. This is a great album to start your acquaintance with him. Trust me, you will not stop with this one.
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Sonny Criss displays his finest saxophone playing ever on this incredible recording. Starting from the Horace Tapscott composition, Isle of Celia, through to the burning Crisscraft, Criss is in complete command of his masterful jazz playing. His solo on Blues of My Heart is an excursion into the dark, blue side of his emotions which Sonny has always been honest enough to reveal, and his interpretation of the classic All Night Long is further proof of Criss's special abilties to capture the essence of a song, from the inside out. This recording, made just a few years prior to Sonny's untimely death in 1977, is further proof that Sonny Criss stands alone as the premier jazz alto saxophonist of our time.
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I think Sonny Criss is one of great underground musician of all time and a talented bop altoist influenced by Charlie Parker. But He has his own heavier sound. I love to hear Crisscraft a bebop blues, All Night Long a haunting melody, Blues In My Heart morchismo, I'm from Seoul Korea. Thank you so much.
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i agree with everything said above. the writers here are true criss fans as am i. one word i would like to add; "blues". sonny criss is about the blues as well as the improvisational jazz. the best blues saxophone player in my book and this particular recording is tops, for me anyway. this is blues heaven. at one time i owned many important criss lps (i was collecting his body of work) but let them go when the change to cds occured. i should have my head examined for that. he was so amazing. mz
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Sonny Criss's story is quite a sad one. One of many sad stories I know, but the depth of soul which can be felt on these tracks certainly point out what an overlooked and under-appreciated alto saxophonist that Sonny Criss was. If you are looking for a deeply soulful album with blue-mood aplenty this one is hard to beat.
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As an amateur saxophonist, I am always interested in other artists.
Learning of Mr. Sonny Criss one evening while listening to KCSM.org on the internet, It seemed appropriate to find the album of the played artist.
Nice work, varied styles on one album.
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