Artist: SONNY CRISS
Title: “Sonny Criss”
Label: IMPERIAL ~ LP 9020. Monaural pressing on medium thick vinyl, with
deep groove. Label is burgundy with silver text.
Sonny Criss – alto sax
Sonny Clark – piano
Leroy Vinnegar – bass
Lawrence Marable - drums.
Vinyl isVG++with full original
gloss. There is one hairline scuff on
Side 2, on last 2 tracks that is feelable but only produces a few very minor
ticks, no distractions whatsoever. This
is a great sounding LP with no loud clicks, pops, or distractions. Very clean sound, very enjoyable listening. Labels are clean. You will need to look long and hard to find a
better sounding copy.
I have included sound clips of the final
two tracks on Side 2 (from this actual LP, and not modified or altered in any
way) so you can hear what you are getting.
Winning bidder will not be disappointed.
JACKET: Laminated jacket is EXCELLENT with nice clean,
bright panels. Bottom seam has a minor
split (approximately 2 inches) at center.
Otherwise seams, spine, and surfaces are excellent. Overall a very fine jacket you will be proud
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By the mid-'50s, William "Sonny"
Criss was maturing as a significant voice on the alto saxophone. Heavily
influenced by Charlie Parker, much of Criss' earlier output was plagued by a
hurried time feel, awkward phrasing and an uncomfortably tense vibrato. Go Man!, one of three dates he did for
the Imperial label, showcases a confident, energetic Criss on ten standard
tunes and two original lines. This hard-to-find collection is a must-have for
fans of pianist Sonny Clark, heard in fine form (a bit more aggresive and
"on top of the beat" than usual) along with the very coherent team of
bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Lawrence Marable. Only 24 years old at the
time of recording, Clark had recently settled in California and was
establishing himself as an inspired accompanist and soloist with the groups of
Buddy DeFranco and Howard Rumsey. Clark's piano introduces nearly every cut on
this recording, and his crisp, inventive soloing is a perfect compliment for
Criss' brightly expressive, lightening quick lines. Overall, a lively
assortment of concisely rendered, boppish treatments.
(Review courtesy of Lee Bloom,
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