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Sonny Criss

Born: October 23, 1927 | Died: November 19, 1977    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Sonny Criss

Alto saxophonist Sonny Criss is a rather tragically overlooked figure in Jazz. Born in Memphis in 1927, he moved to Los Angeles at the age 15 where he remained much of his playing career. When he became professional after finishing school, he joined various bands visiting the West Coast and performed with such artists as Billy Eckstine and Johnny Otis. He also featured in Gene Norman's “Just Jazz” concerts alongside stars such as Howard McGhee, Stan Getz and Wardell Gray. In 1948 Criss was a part of Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic tour package. In the mid 1950s Criss played with Buddy Rich's quintet and recorded a fine session with Rich and Wynton Kelly live in Chicago “Sonny Criss at the Crossroads”, but his base in LA generally left him isolated. Resigned to relative obscurity in LA he opted for a move to Paris where he was given due recognition and made some dazzling records for local companies. He continued to play and record sporadically after returning from the continent, in particular a series of fine mid-60s albums for Prestige gave him critical acclaim. He won the Downbeat award for “Talent Deserving Of Wider Recognition” in 1968, an accolade perhaps typical of the man and artist. He then returned to tour in Europe in 1974 and appeared at Monterey with Dizzy Gillespie in 1977....
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1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1951 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979


As a Side Musician


1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979


As a Leader/Co-Leader


1947


Sonny Criss/Howard McGhee/Dodo Marmarosa: California Boppin'
Label: Jazz Showcase
Date: "Hi-De-Ho Club", Los Angeles, CA, circa March, 1947° & Portland, OR, October 17, 1947¹.
Tracks: Ornithology°; The Man I Love°; Blue Lou¹; Semi-Quiet (Sonny's Bop)¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee°, Al Killian¹: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Teddy Edwards°, Wardell Gray¹: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes°, Charles Fox¹: piano; Addison Farmer°, Shifty Henry¹: bass; Roy Porter°, Tim Kennedy¹: drums.


The Sonny Criss Memorial Album
Label: Xanadu
Portland, OR, October 17, 1947°.
Date: "Hula Hut Club", Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 1950¹.
Date: "Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, September 4, 1952².
Date: Los Angeles, CA, June 15, 1965³.
Tracks: The Creep°; Out Of Nowhere°; Blue 'N' Boogie°; I Can't Give You Anything But Love¹; Strike Up The Band²; Saturday Morning³; When Sunny Gets Blue³; The Masquerade Is Over³; What's New?³; Ursula³.
Personnel: Al Killian°, Clark Terry¹: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray°¹, Dexter Gordon¹: tenor sax; Charles Fox°, Jimmy Bunn¹, Gil Barrios², Hampton Hawes³: piano; Shifty Henry°, Billy Hadnott¹, Dave Bryant², Clarence Johnson³: bass; Tim Kennedy°, Chuck Thompson¹, Billy Snyder², Frank Butler³: drums; Damita Jo¹: vocals.


California Boppin' 1947
Fresh Sound
Pasadena, CA, April 29°; Los Angeles, April¹, June², July³; Portland, OR, October 17ª, 1947.
Tracks: Groovin' High°; Hot House°; Bebop°; The Man I Love²; Ornithology²; Body And Soul²; The Creepª; Out Of Nowhereª; Blue 'N' Boogieª; Semi-Quiet (Sonny's Bop)ª; Blue Louª; Backbreaker¹; Blow, Blow, Blow³.
Personnel: Howard McGhee°², Al Killian¹³ª: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray°¹³ª, Teddy Edwards²: tenor sax; Dodo Marmarosa°, Hampton Hawes², Charlie Foxª, Russ Freeman¹³: piano; Barney Kessel¹: guitar; Red Callender°, Addison Farmer², Shifty Henryª, Harry Babasin¹³: bass; Jackie Mills°, Roy Porter², Tim Kennedy¹³ª: drums.
Note: This release has different discographic details than the two albums listed above.


1951


Sonny Criss: Intermission Riff
Label: Pablo/Fantasy
Date: "Shrine Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, October 12, 1951.
Tracks: Intermission Riff; How High The Moon; Perdido; Body And Soul; High Jump.
Personnel: Joe Newman: trumpet; Bennie Green: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis: tenor sax; Bobby Tucker: piano; Tommy Potter: bass; Kenny Clarke: drums.


1956


Sonny Criss: Jazz U.S.A.
Label: Imperial / Blue Note
Date: Los Angeles, CA, January 26°, February 24¹ & March 23², 1956.
Tracks: Easy Living°; Criss Cross°; Willow Weep For Me°; Alabamy Bound°; Something's Gotta Give¹; These Foolish Things¹; West Coast Blues¹; Blue Friday¹; More Than You Know²; Sunday²; Sweet Georgia Brown²; Ham's Blue².
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax, Kenny Drew: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Bill Woodson: bass; Chuck Thompson: drums.
Note: Reissued on The Complete Imperial Sessions (Blue Note)


Sonny Criss: Go Man!
Label: Imperial / Blue Note
Date: Master Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, July 10° & 31¹, 1956.
Tracks: Summertime°; Memories Of You°; Wailin' With Joe°; How Deep Is The Ocean?°; The Blues For Rose°; The Man I Love°; Until The Real Thing Comes Along¹; Blue Prelude¹; After You've Gone¹; Come Rain Or Come Shine¹; How High The Moon¹; If I Had You¹.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Sonny Clark: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Lawrence Marable: drums.
Note: Reissued on The Complete Imperial Sessions (Blue Note)


Sonny Criss: Plays Cole Porter
Label: Imperial / Blue Note
Date: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, August 26° & October 3¹, 1956.
Tracks: What Is This Thing Called Love?°; Night And Day°; Love For Sale°; Just One Of Those Things°; Anything Goes°; I Get A Kick Out Of You°; Easy To Love¹; It's All Right With Me¹; I Love You¹; In The Still Of The Night¹.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Larry Bunker: vibes; Sonny Clark: piano; Buddy Clark: bass; Lawrence Marable: drums.
Note: Reissued on The Complete Imperial Sessions (Blue Note)


1957


Art Pepper/Sonny Criss/Bud Shank: The Altoman
Label: Vantage
Date: 'Stars Of Jazz', KABC-TV, Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 1957.
Tracks: Easy Living; Willow Weep For Me; Wailing For Joe.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Buddy Woodson: bass; Chuck Thompson: drums.


1959


Sonny Criss: At The Crossroads
Label: Peacock
Date: Chicago, IL, March, 1959.
Tracks: Sweet Lorraine; I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good); Indiana°; You Don't Know What Love Is; Sylvia°; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Butt's Delight°.
Personnel: Ole Hansen°: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wynton Kelly: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Walter Perkins: drums.
Note: Reissued together with a Kenny Dorham session on Kenny Dorham/Sonny Criss: The Dedication Series, Vol. I: The Bop Masters


1962


Sonny Criss Quartet
Label: Polydor
Date: Paris, France, October 10, 1962.
Tracks: Mighty Low; Don't Blame Me; Black Coffee; We'll Be Together Again.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Henri Renaud: piano; Michel Gaudry: bass; Philippe Combelle: drums.


1963


Sonny Criss: Mr. Blues Pour Flirter
Label: Brunswick / Polydor / Verve Gitanes
Date: Paris, France, April 22°, 23¹ & 25², 1963.
Tracks: Once In A While°; Day Dream°; Don't Get Around Much Anymore¹; St. Louis Blues¹; Early And Later, Pt. 1¹; Early And Later, Pt. 2¹; This Can't Be Love²; On Green Dolphin Street²; God Bless The Child².
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Georges Arvanitas: piano, organ; René Thomas°¹: guitar; Pierre Michelot: bass; Philippe Combelle: drums.
Note: Two tracks (Blues Pour Flirter°; These Foolish Things²) not on reissue.


1966


Sonny Criss: This Is Criss!
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 21, 1966.
Tracks: When Sunny Gets Blue; The Days Of Wine And Roses; Black Coffee; Greasy; Sunrise, Sunset; Skylark; Steve's Blues; Love For Sale.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Walter Davis Jr.: piano; Paul Chambers: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.


1967


Portrait Of Sonny Criss
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 23, 1967.
Tracks: Blues In The Closet; On A Clear Day; Smile; A Million Or More Times; Allen's Alley (aka Wee); God Bless The Child.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Walter Davis Jr.: piano; Paul Chambers: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.


Sonny Criss: Up, Up And Away
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 18, 1967.
Tracks: Up, Up And Away; Willow Weep For Me; This Is For Benny; Sunny; Scrapple From The Apple; Paris Blues.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Cedar Walton: piano; Tal Farlow: guitar; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Lenny McBrowne: drums.


1968


Sonny Criss: The Beat Goes On!
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: NYC, January 12, 1968.
Tracks: The Beat Goes On!; Georgia Rose; Somewhere My Love; Calidad; Yesterdays; Ode To Billie Joe.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Cedar Walton: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.


Sonny Criss: Sonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool)
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 1968.
Tracks: Sonny's Dream; Ballad For Samuel; The Black Apostles; The Golden Pearl; Daughter Of Cochise; Sandy And Niles.
Personnel: Conte Candoli: trumpet; Dick Nash: trombone; Ray Draper: tuba; David Sheer: alto sax; Sonny Criss: alto sax, soprano sax; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Pete Christlieb: baritone sax; Tommy Flanagan: piano; Al McKibbon: bass; Everett Brown Jr.: drums; Horace Tapscott: arranger, composer.
Note: Two alternate tracks (Sonny's Dream; The Golden Pearl) on Fantasy reissue.


Sonny Criss: Rockin' In Rhythm
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: NYC, July 2, 1968.
Tracks: Misty Roses; Eleanor Rigby; Rockin' In Rhythm; The Masquerade Is Over; When The Sun Comes Out; Sonnymoon For Two.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Eddie Green: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Alan Dawson: drums.
Note: The Fantasy reissue adds a bonus track (All The Things You Are) from the March 1967 session for Portrait Of Sonny


1969


Sonny Criss: I'll Catch The Sun!
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: Los Angeles, CA, January 20, 1969.
Tracks: I'll Catch The Sun; I Thought About You; California Screamin'; Cry Me A River; Don't Rain On My Parade; Blue Sunset.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Monty Budwig: bass; Shelly Manne: drums.


1971


Sonny Criss: Proceedings Of The Blue Angel Jazz Club: The Complete 1971 Pasadena Jazz Party
Label: BAJC
Date: "University Club", Pasadena, CA, November 20, 1971.
Tracks: Someone To Watch Over Me / Wollow Weep For Me / Easter Parede / Body And Soul°; Rocks In My Bed¹; Art Blakey's Theme²; My Gal³.
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison°¹, Clark Terry²³: trumpet; Carl Fontana°: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Flip Phillips°: tenor sax; Jimmie Rowles°¹, Ross Tompkins²³: piano; Herb Ellis°¹: guitar; Monty Budwig°²³, Montgomery Phillips¹: bass; John Guerin°, Jake Hanna¹, Donald Bailey²³: drums; Joe Williams¹: vocals.


1974


Sonny Criss With Georges Arvanitas Trio Live In Italy
Label: Fresh Sound
Date: Bologna, Italy, January 28, 1974.
Tracks: Tin Tin Deo; Lover Man; Sonny's Blues; Summertime; Willow Weep For Me; Sunny; Hootie Blues; Untitled Blues.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Georges Arvanitas: piano; Jacki Samson: bass; Charles Saudrais: drums.


1975


Sonny Criss: Crisscraft
Label: Muse/Savoy Jazz
Date: Hollywood, CA, February 24, 1975.
Tracks: The Isle Of Celia; Blues In My Heart; This Is For Benny; All Night Long; Crisscraft.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Dolo Coker: piano; Ray Crawford: guitar; Larry Gales: bass; Jimmie Smith: drums.
Note: The Muse CD reissue contains two bonus Tracks: an alternate take of 'Blues In My Heart' and an alternate take of 'All The Things You Are' from the October 1975 session for Out Of Nowhere


Sonny Criss: Saturday Morning
Label: Xanadu
Date: Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 1975.
Tracks: Angel Eyes; Tin Tin Deo; Jeannie's Knees; Saturday Morning; My Heart Stood Still; Until The Real Thing Comes Along.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Barry Harris: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Lenny McBrowne: drums.


Sonny Criss: Out Of Nowhere
Label: Muse
Date: Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 1975.
Tracks: All The Things You Are; The Dreamer; El Tiante; My Ideal; Out Of Nowhere; Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?; The First One.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Dolo Coker: piano; Larry Gales: bass; Jimmie Smith: drums.


Sonny Criss: Warm And Sonny
Label: Impulse
Date: Los Angeles, CA, circa 1975.
Tracks: Cool Struttin'°; Sweet Summer Breeze °; Memories°; The Way We Were¹; That's The Way Of The World¹; Bumpin'¹; Blues For Willie¹.
Personnel: Bud Brisbois, Charles Findley, Paul Hubinon: trumpet, flügelhorn; George Bohanon, Lew McCreary: trombone; Vince DeRosa: frenchhorn; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Buddy Collette: tenor sax, flute; Bill Green: bass sax, flute; Clarence McDonald°, Sonny Burke¹: keyboards; Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin, Lee Ritenour°, Dennis Budimir¹: guitar; Winterton Garvey, Harris Goldman, Janice Gower, William Henderson, Kares Jones, Carl LaMagna, Marcia Van Dyke, Kenneith Yerke: violin; David Campbell, Rollice Dale, Pamela Goldsmith, Paul Polivnick: viola; Ronald Cooper, Dennis Karmazyn, David Speltz: cello; Richard Feves, Susan Ranney: contrabass; Dorothy Ashby: harp; Scott Edwards°, Chuck Domanico¹: bass; James Gadson: drums; Eddie "Bongo" Brown: percussion.


1977


Sonny Criss: The Joy Of Sax
Label: Impulse
Date: Los Angeles, CA, circa 1977.
Tracks: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling; Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing; You Are So Beautiful; Turn Me Loose; Stolen Moments; Have A Talk With God°; Midnight Mellow.
Personnel: Blue Mitchell: trumpet; George Bohanon: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Bill King, Ernie Watts: reeds; Sonny Burke: piano; Patrice Rushen: keyboards; Mitch Holder, Lee Ritenour: guitar; Henry Davis, Chuck Domanico, Scott Edwards: bass; Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Esmond Edwards: percussion; Viola Jackson°: vocals; unidentified horns and strings.


As a Side Musician


1946


Modern Trumpet Leaders
Various Artists
Label: IAJRC
Date: Hollywood, CA, Spring 1946.
Tracks: Sweet Potato; Hoggin'; Blues A La King; Night Mist.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Gerald Wilson: trumpet; Vic Dickenson: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; James King: tenor sax, vocals; Jimmy Bunn: piano; Charles Mingus: bass; Roy Porter: drums.


Ernie Lewis All Stars
Ernie Lewis
Label: Pacific
Date: Los Angeles, CA, Summer 1946.
Tracks: Vernon Alley's Blues; Hit That Jive Jack.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; unknown pianist; Ernie Lewis: guitar; Vernon Alley: bass; Roy Porter: drums.


1947


Mr. B And The Band
Billy Eckstine
Label: Savoy
Date: Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1947.
Tracks: She's Got The Blues For Sale; Serenade In Blue; In My Solitude; Sophisticated Lady.
Personnel: Name: instrument.


Billy Eckstine Sings
Billy Eckstine
Label: Savoy
Date: Los Angeles, CA, April 21° & 27¹, 1947.
Tracks: All Of Me°; Where Are You?°; Prelude To A Kiss°; What's New?°; I Surrender, Dear¹; Memories Of You¹; Our Love¹; There Are Such Things¹; Say It Isn't So¹; I Do, Do You?¹; Blues¹.
Personnel: Ray Linn: trumpet; Gerald Valentine: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Warren Bracken: piano; unknown guitarist; Shifty Henry: bass; Tim Kennedy: drums; Billy Eckstine: vocals, trombone.


Wardell Gray / Stan Hasselgard
Wardell Gray & Stan Hasselgard
Label: Spotlite
Date: "Civic Auditorium", Pasadena, CA, April 29, 1947.
Tracks: Bebop; Groovin' High; Hot House.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Dodo Marmarosa: piano; Red Callender: bass; Jackie Mills: drums.
A further track from the session (Cherry Coke) was issued on Various Artists - History Of Jazz, Vol. 8 (BYG)


The Hunt
Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray
Label: Savoy
Date: "Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: The Hunt, Pt. 1-8° (Rock' N' Shoals); Bopera, Pt. 1-7° (Disorder At The Border); Bopland, Pt. 1-6¹ (Byas-A-Drink); Jeronimo, Pt. 1-8¹ (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Trummy Young: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Leroy Gray°, Red Callender¹: bass; Ken Kennedy°, Roy Porter¹: drums.


Long Tall Dexter
Dexter Gordon
Label: Savoy
Date: "Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: Bop After Hours, Pt. 1-6 (After Hours Bop).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Trummy Young: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Dexter Gordon: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Red Callender: bass; Roy Porter: drums.


Black California
Various Artists
Label: Savoy
Date: "Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: Backbreaker, Pt. 1-6.
Personnel: Al Killian: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Russ Freeman: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Harry Babasin: bass; Ken Kennedy: drums.


Black California, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Label: Savoy
Date: "Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: Blow Blow Blow, Pt. 1-4.
Personnel: Al Killian: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Russ Freeman: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Harry Babasin: bass; Ken Kennedy: drums.


1949


Flip
Flip Phillips
Label: Clef
Date: NYC or Los Angeles, CA, February 11 or September 26, 1949.
Tracks: Swingin' For Julie And Brownie (aka Put That Back); By The Lazy River.
Personnel: John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax: Flip Phillips: tenor sax; Mickey Crane: piano; Ray Brown: bass; Shelly Manne: drums.
Note: An alternate take of 'Swingin' For Julie And Brownie' and another track from the same session (Flip's Idea) were issued on Various Artists: The Jazz Scene (Verve)


J.A.T.P. At Carnegie Hall 1949
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Label: Pablo
Date: "Carnegie Hall", NYC, February 11 or November 2, 1949.
Tracks: Norman Granz Introduction; Leap Here; (Back Home Again In) Indiana; Lover Come Back To Me.
Personnel: Fats Navarro: trumpet; Tommy Turk: trombone; Sonny Criss, Charlie Parker: alto sax; Flip Phillips: tenor sax; Hank Jones: piano; Ray Brown: bass; Shelly Manne: drums.


An Evening Of Jazz
Various Artists
Label: Norgran/Verve
Date: Los Angeles, CA, September 22, 1949.
Tracks: Colidad; Tornade; The First One; Blues For The Boppers.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Iggy Shevack: bass; Chuck Thompson: drums.


1950


Memorial, Vol. 2
Wardell Gray
Label: Prestige/Fantasy
Date: "Hula Hut Club", Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 1950.
Tracks: Jazz On Sunset, Pt. 1-4° (aka Move); Kiddo, Pt. 1-4 (aka Scrapple From The Apple).
Personnel: Clark Terry: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Dexter Gordon°: tenor sax; Jimmy Bunn: piano; Billy Hadnott: bass; Chuck Thompson: drums.


1952


The West Coast Jam Sessions
Various Artists
Label: Jam Session
Date: "Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, March 24, 1952.
Track: Out Of Nowhere.
Personnel: Chet Baker: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray, Dave Pell: tenor sax; Jerry Mandell: piano; Harry Babasin: cello; Bob Whitlock: bass; Lawrence Marable: drums.


Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra
Billy Hadnott
Label: Federal
Date: Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 1952.
Tracks: Ooh China; My Ideal; Limehouse Blues; Junk Wagon.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Ruddy Pits: vibes; Ernie Freeman: piano; Oscar Moore: guitar; Billy Hadnott: bass; Buddy Reed: drums.


On The Coast
Harry Babasin
Label: Jazz Showcase
Date: "Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, June 16, 1952.
Tracks: The Squirrel°; Liza¹; Indiana / Donna Lee²; Irresistible You (They Didn't Believe Me)³.
Personnel: Chet Baker: trumpet; Sonny Criss, Charlie Parker: alto sax; Al Haig°¹³, Russ Freeman²: piano; Harry Babasin: bass; Lawrence Marable°¹², unknown³: drums.


Live In Hollywood
Al Haig
Label: Xanadu
Date: "Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, August 4, 1952.
Tracks: There Will Never Be Another You; How High The Moon; Sweet Georgia Brown°.
Personnel: Chet Baker, Ted Ottison°: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Jack Montrose: tenor sax; Al Haig: piano; Dave Bryant: bass; Larry Bunker: drums.


1955


The Swingin' Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Label: Norgran/Verve
Date: Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 1955.
Tracks: Sonny And Sweets; The Two Mothers.
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Jimmie Rowles: piano; John Simmons: bass; Buddy Rich: drums.


The Wailing Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Label: Norgran/Verve
Date: Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 1955.
Tracks: A Smooth One; Broadway.
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Jimmie Rowles: piano; John Simmons: bass; Buddy Rich: drums.


1957


Roy Porter Quintet
Roy Porter
Label: Debonair
Date: Los Angeles, CA, 1957.
Tracks: Wow!; Got A Funny Feelin'; Minor Moods; Love You.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Roy Porter: organ; Buddy Woodson: bass; Al Bartee: drums; Richard Washington: percussion.


1958


The Cinch
Buddy Rich
Label: Spotlite
Date: "Birdland", NYC, November 7° & 8¹, 1958.
Tracks: Four°; In A Prescribed Manner°; The Cinch¹; I Don't Wanna Be Kissed¹; Our Delight¹.
Personnel: Ole Hansen: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Kenny Drew: piano; Phil Leshin: bass; Buddy Rich: drums.


1963


Tobacco Road
Onzy Matthews
Label: Capitol
Date: Los Angeles, CA, July-August, 1963.
Tracks: Tobacco Road; Cotton Fields; Rockin' Chair; Stormy Weather; Ol' Man River; Blues For A Four String Guitar; St. Louis Blues; Georgia On My Mind; Sentimental Journey; Summertime.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Onzy Matthews: piano, arranger; Onzy Matthews Orchestra.


1964


Sounds For The '60s
Onzy Matthews
Label: Capitol
Date: Los Angeles, CA, circa 1964.
Tracks: Mexicali Brass; You'll Know The First Time; Lilies Of The Field; Moon River; Play Me Some Blues; White Gardenia; Ballad For Orchestra; Blues For The Reverend; I Left My Heart In San Francisco; Ray On Blues.
Personnel: Sonny Criss: alto sax; Onzy Matthews: piano, arranger; Onzy Matthews Orchestra.


1966


Confessin' The Blues
Esther Phillips
Label: Atlantic
Date: Western Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, October 5-7, 1966° & United Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, October 24, 1966¹.
Tracks: C.C. Rider°; Cherry Red°; Confessin' The Blues°; I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright°; In The Evening¹; Romance In The Dark; I Wonder.
Personnel: Bill J. Clark°, Al Porcino¹; Melvin Moore, Robert H. Rolfe, James Dalton Smith°, Ray Triscari¹: trumpet; Louis Blackburn, Richard Leith, Peter T. Meyers, Roland E. Meyers: trombone; Gabriel Baltazar°, Jackie Kelso¹, Sonny Criss: alto sax; Louis Dean Ciotti, Ira Schulman°, Teddy Edwards¹: tenor sax; Jay Migliori: baritone sax; Rodgers Grant: piano; Francois Vaz°, Herb Ellis¹: guitar; Victor Venegas: bass; Charles G. Harris: drums; Esther Phillips: vocals; Onzy Matthews: arranger.


1970


Memory Lane Live
Hampton Hawes
Label: Jass
Date: "Memory Lane Club", Los Angeles, CA, January, 1970.
Tracks: Memory Lane Blues; Blues For J.L.; Feeling Happy¹; Shake, Rattle And Roll¹; Teddy's Blues°.
Personnel: Harry "Sweets" Edison: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Bobby Thomson: drums; Joe Turner¹: vocals.

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