I'll Catch The Sun!

Sonny Criss

Ill Catch The Sun
  • CAT # OJCCD-811-25

    1. Don't Rain On My Parade 4:24
    2. Blue Sunset 8:10
    3. I Thought About You 3:49
    4. California Screamin' 6:03
    5. Cry Me A River 5:41
    6. I'll Catch The Sun 5:34

Alto saxophonist Sonny Criss (1927-1977) had a career of frustrating interruptions, with brief years in the limelight followed by longer periods of obscurity. His most sustained exposure came through his Prestige recordings of the 1960s, of which this is the seventh and final volume; and his playing underscores that his subsequent period of silence did not reflect a failure of inspiration. It was a masterstroke to support Criss with this rhythm section, since Hampton Hawes was one of his earliest associates, and the Budwig/Manne team was as tight and swinging as any then working on the West Coast. Criss excels on two original blues and the blues-ballad "Cry Me a River," and blows the title track with such conviction that one wonders why it didn't become a jazz standard.

with Hampton Hawes, Monty Budwig, Shelly Manne

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