Sonny Criss Catalog

1946 (age 19)

Various Artists - Modern Trumpet Leaders  (IAJRC 25)

Howard McGhee, Gerald Wilson (trumpet) Vic Dickenson (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Teddy Edwards, James King (tenor saxophone) Jimmy Bunn (piano) Charles Mingus (bass) Roy Porter (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, spring 1946
KFI-23333Sweet Potato
KRI-23337Hoggin'
KFI-23345Blues A La King
FKI-26610Night Mist

Ernie Lewis - Vernon Alley's Blues / Hit That Jive Jack  (Pacific 610)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) unknown (piano) Ernie Lewis (guitar) Vernon Alley (bass) Roy Porter (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, summer 1946
Vernon Alley's Blues
Hit That Jive Jack

1947 (age 20)

Sonny Criss/Howard McGhee/Dodo Marmarosa - California Boppin'  (Jazz Showcase LP 5005)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Addison Farmer (bass) Roy Porter (drums)
"Hi-De-Ho Club", Los Angeles, CA, circa March, 1947
Ornithology
The Man I Love
Al Killian (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Charles Fox (piano) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums)
Portland, OR, October 17, 1947
Blue Lou
Semi-Quiet (Sonny's Bop)

Billy Eckstine - I Surrender, Dear  (EmArcy MG 36010)

Ray Linn (trumpet) Gerald Vlentine (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Warren Bracken (piano) unknown (guitar) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums) Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone)
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1947
NSC257All Of Me
NSC259Prelude To A Kiss
NSC263In My Solitude
NSC264Sophisticated Lady

Billy Eckstine - The Love Songs Of Mr. "B"  (EmArcy MG 36030)

Ray Linn (trumpet) Gerald Vlentine (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Warren Bracken (piano) unknown (guitar) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums) Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone): same session
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1947
NSC258Where Are You

Billy Eckstine - Blues For Sale  (EmArcy MG 36029)

Ray Linn (trumpet) Gerald Vlentine (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Warren Bracken (piano) unknown (guitar) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums) Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone): same session
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1947
NSC260She's Got The Blues For Sale

Billy Eckstine - You Call It Madness  (Regent MG 6058)

Ray Linn (trumpet) Gerald Vlentine (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Warren Bracken (piano) unknown (guitar) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums) Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone): same session
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1947
NSC261What's New
NSC262Serenade In Blue

The Modern Jazz Stars - Jazz Surprise  (Crown CLP 5008)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Dodo Marmarosa (piano) Red Callender (bass) Jackie Mills (drums)
Hollywood, CA, circa April 27, 1947
Donna Lee (Scratch)

Billy Eckstine Sings  (Savoy SJL 1127)

Ray Linn (trumpet) Gerald Vlentine (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Warren Bracken (piano) unknown (guitar) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums) Billy Eckstine (vocals, valve trombone)
Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 1947
I Surrender, Dear
Memories Of You
Our Love
There Are Such Things
Say It Isn't So
I Do, Do You
Blues

Stan Getz - Groovin' High  (Modern LMP 1202)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Dodo Marmarosa (piano) Red Callender (bass) Jackie Mills (drums)
"Civic Auditorium", Pasadena, CA, April 29, 1947
MM910Groovin' High, Part 1
MM911Groovin' High, Part 2
MM1003Hot House, Part 1
MM1004Hot House, Part 2
** also issued on Crown CLP 5002, CLP 5284. United US 7709 entitled "Groovin' With Getz".

Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray - Jazz Concert - West Coast  (Savoy MG 12012)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Trummy Young (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) possibly Leroy Gray (bass) Ken Kennedy (drums)
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947
BOP3The Hunt, Part 1 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP4The Hunt, Part 2 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP5The Hunt, Part 3 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP6The Hunt, Part 4 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP7The Hunt, Part 5 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP8The Hunt, Part 6 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP9The Hunt, Part 7 (Rock' N' Shoals)
BOP10The Hunt, Part 8 (Rock' N' Shoals)
same session
BOP15Bopera, Part 1 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP16Bopera, Part 2 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP17Bopera, Part 3 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP18Bopera, Part 4 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP19Bopera, Part 5 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP20Bopera, Part 6 (Disorder At The Border)
BOP21Bopera, Part 7 (Disorder At The Border)

Various Artists - Black California  (Savoy SJL 2215)

Al Killian (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Russ Freeman (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Harry Babasin (bass) Ken Kennedy (drums)
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947
BOP30Backbreaker, Part 1
BOP31Backbreaker, Part 2
BOP32Backbreaker, Part 3
BOP33Backbreaker, Part 4
BOP34Backbreaker, Part 5
BOP35Backbreaker, Part 6

Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon - The Hunt  (Savoy SJL 2222)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Trummy Young (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Red Callender (bass) Roy Porter (drums)
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947
BOP36Bopland, Part 1 (Byas-A-Drink)
BOP37Bopland, Part 2 (Byas-A-Drink)
BOP38Bopland, Part 3 (Byas-A-Drink)
BOP39Bopland, Part 4 (Byas-A-Drink)
BOP40Bopland, Part 5 (Byas-A-Drink)
BOP41Bopland, Part 6 (Byas-A-Drink)

Various Artists - Jazz Concert West Coast  (Regent MG 6049)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Trummy Young (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Red Callender (bass) Roy Porter (drums): same session
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947
BOP42Jeronimo, Part 1 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP43Jeronimo, Part 2 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP44Jeronimo, Part 3 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP45Jeronimo, Part 4 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP46Jeronimo, Part 5 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP47Jeronimo, Part 6 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP48Jeronimo, Part 7 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
BOP49Jeronimo, Part 8 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)
Al Killian (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Russ Freeman (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Harry Babasin (bass) Ken Kennedy (drums)
BOP50Blow Blow Blow, Part 1
BOP51Blow Blow Blow, Part 2
BOP52Blow Blow Blow, Part 3
BOP53Blow Blow Blow, Part 4
** also issued on Savoy MG 12196.

Dexter Gordon - Long Tall Dexter  (Savoy SJL 2211)

Howard McGhee (trumpet) Trummy Young (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Red Callender (bass) Roy Porter (drums)
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947
BOP54Bop After Hours, Part 1 (After Hours Bop)
BOP55Bop After Hours, Part 2 (After Hours Bop)
BOP56Bop After Hours, Part 3 (After Hours Bop)
BOP57Bop After Hours, Part 4 (After Hours Bop)
BOP58Bop After Hours, Part 5 (After Hours Bop)
BOP59Bop After Hours, Part 6 (After Hours Bop)

The Sonny Criss Memorial Album  (Xanadu 200)

Al Killian (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Charles Fox (piano) Shifty Henry (bass) Tim Kennedy (drums)
Portland, OR, October 17, 1947
The Creep
Out Of Nowhere
Blue 'N' Boogie
Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Jimmy Bunn (piano) Billy Hadnott (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums) Damita Jo (vocals)
"Hula Hut Club", Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 1950
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Gil Barrios (piano) Dave Bryant (bass) Billy Snyder (drums)
"Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, September 4, 1952
Strike Up The Band
Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Clarence Johnson (bass) Frank Butler (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, June 15, 1965
Saturday Morning
When Sunny Gets Blue
The Masquerade Is Over
What's New
Ursula

1949

Flip Phillips - Flip  (Clef MGC 693)

John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone) Mickey Crane (piano) Ray Brown (bass) Shelly Manne (drums)
NYC or Los Angeles, CA, February 11 or September 26, 1949
2538 | 288-4Swingin' For Julie And Brownie (Put That Back)
2540 | 290-4By The Lazy River
** also issued on Verve MGV 8077.

Various Artists - The Jazz Scene  (Verve 314 521 661-2)

John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone) Mickey Crane (piano) Ray Brown (bass) Shelly Manne (drums): same session
NYC or Los Angeles, CA, February 11 or September 26, 1949
Swingin' For Julie And Brownie (alt. take)
Flip's Idea

Jazz At The Philharmonic - J.A.T.P. At Carnegie Hall 1949  (Pablo PACD 5311-2)

Fats Navarro (trumpet) Tommy Turk (trombone) Sonny Criss, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone) Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone) Hank Jones (piano) Ray Brown (bass) Shelly Manne (drums)
"Carnegie Hall", NYC, February 11 or November 2, 1949
Norman Granz Introduction
Leap Here
(Back Home Again In) Indiana
Lover Come Back To Me

Sonny Criss/Tommy Turk/The Six - An Evening Of Jazz  (Norgran MGN 1065)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Iggy Shevack (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, September 22, 1949
272-6Colidad
273-4Tornade
274-1The First One
275-3Blues For The Boppers
** also issued on Verve MGV 8155.

1950

Wardell Gray Memorial, Vol. 2  (Prestige PRLP 7009)

Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray (tenor saxophone) Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone -1,2) Jimmy Bunn (piano) Billy Hadnott (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums)
"Hula Hut Club", Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 1950
1. (1231)Jazz On Sunset, Part 1&2 (Move)
2. (1232)Jazz On Sunset, Part 3&4 (Move)
3. (1233)Kiddo, Part 1&2 (Scrapple From The Apple)
4. (1234)Kiddo, Part 3&4 (Scrapple From The Apple)
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJC 051.
** part of Prestige PR 7343.

1951

Sonny Criss - Intermission Riff  (Pablo 2310-929)

Joe Newman (trumpet) Bennie Green (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone) Bobby Tucker (piano) Tommy Potter (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)
"Shrine Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, October 12, 1951
Intermission Riff
How High The Moon
Perdido
Body And Soul
High Jump
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 961-2.

1952

Various Artists - The West Coast Jam Sessions  (Jam Session No. 103)

Chet Baker (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wardell Gray, Dave Pell (tenor saxophone) Jerry Mandell (piano) Harry Babasin (cello) Bob Whitlock (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums)
"Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, March 24, 1952
Out Of Nowhere

Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra  (Federal 12084)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Ruddy Pits (vibraphone) Ernie Freeman (piano) Oscar Moore (guitar) Billy Hadnott (bass) Budy Reed (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 1952
Ooh China
My Ideal

Billy Hadnott And His Orchestra  (Federal 12096)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Ruddy Pits (vibraphone) Ernie Freeman (piano) Oscar Moore (guitar) Billy Hadnott (bass) Budy Reed (drums): same session
Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 1952
Limehouse Blues
Junk Wagon

Charlie Parker/Sonny Criss/Chet Baker - Inglewood Jam 6-16-'52  (Jazz Chronicles JCS 102)

Chet Baker (trumpet) Sonny Criss, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone) Al Haig (piano -1,2,4) Russ Freeman (piano -3) Harry Babasin (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums)
"Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, June 16, 1952
1.The Squirrel
2.Irresistible You (They Didn't Believe Me)
3.Indiana (Indiana / Donna Lee)
4.Liza
** also issued on Jazz Showcase LP 5007 entitled "Charlie Parker All Stars On The Coast".

Al Haig - Live In Hollywood  (Xanadu 206)

Chet Baker (trumpet) Ted Ottison (trumpet -3) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Jack Montrose (tenor saxophone) Al Haig (piano) Dave Bryant (bass) Larry Bunker (drums)
"Trade Winds Club", Inglewood, CA, August 4, 1952
1.There Will Never Be Another You
2.How High The Moon
3.Sweet Georgia Brown

1955

The Swingin' Buddy Rich  (Norgran MGN 1052)

Harry Edison (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Jimmy Rowles (piano) John Simmons (bass) Buddy Rich (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 1955
2454-1Sonny And Sweets
2455-1The Two Mothers
** also issued on Verve MGV 8142 entitled "The Swinging Buddy Rich".

The Wailing Buddy Rich  (Norgran MGN 1078)

Harry Edison (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Jimmy Rowles (piano) John Simmons (bass) Buddy Rich (drums): same session
Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 1955
2456-1A Smooth One
2457-3Broadway
** also issued on Verve MGV 8168.

1956

Sonny Criss - Jazz U.S.A.  (Imperial LP 9006)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Bill Woodson (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, January 26, 1956
IM-981Easy Living
IM-982Criss Cross
IM-983Willow Weep For Me
IM-984Alabamy Bound
same personnel
Los Angeles, CA, February 24, 1956
IM-1012Something's Gotta Give
IM-1013These Foolish Things
IM-1014West Coast Blues
IM-1015Blue Friday
same personnel
Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 1956
IM-1034More Than You Know
IM-1035Sunday
IM-1036Sweet Georgia Brown
IM-1037Ham's Blues

Sonny Criss - Go Man!  (Imperial LP 9020)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Sonny Clark (piano) Leroy Vinnegar (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums)
Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA, July 10, 1956
IM-1084Summertime
IM-1085Memories Of You
IM-1086Wailin' With Joe
IM-1087How Deep Is The Ocean
IM-1088The Blues For Rose
IM-1089The Man I Love
same personnel
Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA, July 31, 1956
IM-1090Until The Real Thing Comes Along
IM-1091Blue Prelude
IM-1092After You've Gone
IM-1093Come Rain Or Come Shine
IM-1094How High The Moon
IM-1095If I Had You

Sonny Criss Plays Cole Porter  (Imperial LP 9024)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Larry Bunker (vibraphone) Sonny Clark (piano) Buddy Clark (bass) Lawrence Marable (drums)
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, August 26, 1956
IM-1101What Is This Thing Called Love
IM-1102Night And Day
IM-1103Love For Sale
IM-1104Just One Of Those Things
IM-1105Anything Goes
IM-1106I Get A Kick Out Of You
same personnel
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, October 3, 1956
IM-1155Easy To Love
IM-1156It's All Right With Me
IM-1157I Love You
IM-1158In The Still Of The Night

1957 (age 30)

Sonny Criss, Calvin Jackson - Sessions, Live  (Calliope CAL 3024)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Buddy Woodson (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums) Johnny Mercer (host)
KABC-TV, Stars Of Jazz #73. 1957-#47, November 25, 1957
Easy Livin'
Willow Weep For Me
same session
Wailing For Joe

Art Pepper/Sonny Criss/Bud Shank - The Altoman: Bob Andrews Collection 5  (Norma/Vantage (J) NLP 5005)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Buddy Woodson (bass) Chuck Thompson (drums) Johnny Mercer (host): same session
KABC-TV, Stars Of Jazz #73. 1957-#47, November 25, 1957
Blues

Roy Porter Quintet  (Debonair 1821, 1822)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Roy Porter (organ) Buddy Woodson (bass) Al Bartee (drums) Richard Washington (bongos)
Los Angeles, CA, 1957
Wow!
Got A Funny Feelin'
Minor Moods
Love You

1958

Buddy Rich - The Cinch  (Spotlite (E) SPJ 149)

Ole Hansen (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) Phil Leshin (bass) Buddy Rich (drums)
"Birdland", NYC, November 7, 1958
Four
In A Prescribed Manner
Ole Hansen (trombone -1,2) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Kenny Drew (piano) Phil Leshin (bass) Buddy Rich (drums)
"Birdland", NYC, November 8, 1958
1.The Cinch
2.I Don't Wanna Be Kissed
3.Our Delight

1959

Sonny Criss At The Crossroads  (Peacock PLP 91)

Ole Hansen (trombone -3,5/7) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Wynton Kelly (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Walter Perkins (drums)
Chicago, IL, March, 1959
1. 6004Sweet Lorraine
2. 6005I Got It Bad
3.Indiana
4.You Don't Know What Love Is
5.Sylvia
6.Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
7.Butt's Delight
** part of Impulse! IA 9337-2.

1962

Sonny Criss Quartet  (Polydor (F) 27 004)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Henri Renaud (piano) Michel Gaudry (bass) Philippe Combelle (drums)
Paris, France, October 10, 1962
Mighty Low
Don't Blame Me
Black Coffee
We'll Be Together Again

1963

Sonny Criss - Mr. Blues Pour Flirter  (Brunswick (F) 87 519)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano, organ) Rene Thomas (guitar) Pierre Michelot (bass) Philippe Combelle (drums)
Paris, France, April 22, 1963
Once In A While
Day Dream
same personnel
Paris, France, April 23, 1963
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
St. Louis Blues
omit Thomas
Paris, France, April 25, 1963
This Can't Be Love
On Green Dolphin Street
God Bless The Child
These Foolish Things

Sonny Criss Quintet  (Polydor (F) 27 049)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano, organ) Rene Thomas (guitar) Pierre Michelot (bass) Philippe Combelle (drums)
Paris, France, April 22, 1963
Blues Pour Flirter
Blues Pour Flirter, No. 2
same personnel
Paris, France, April 23, 1963
Early And Later, Part 1
Early And Later, Part 2

Onzy Matthews - Tobacco Road  (Capitol T 2042)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Onzy Matthews (piano, arranger, conductor) Onzy Matthews Orchestra
Los Angeles, CA, July-August, 1963
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
** also issued on Capitol ST 2042.

1964

Onzy Matthews - Sounds For The '60s  (Capitol T 2479)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Onzy Matthews (piano, arranger, conductor) Onzy Matthews Orchestra
Los Angeles, CA, circa 1964
Mexicali Brass
You'll Know The First Time
Lilies Of The Field
Moon River
Play Me Some Blues
White Gardenia
Ballad For Orchetra
Blues For The Reverend
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Ray On Blues

1966

Esther Phillips - Confessin' The Blues  (Atlantic SD 1680)

Bill J. Clark, Melvin Moore, Robert H. Rolfe, James Dalton Smith (trumpet) Louis Blackburn, Richard Leith, Peter T. Meyers, Roland E. Meyers (trombone) Gabriel Baltazar, Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Louis Dean Ciotti, Ira Schulman (tenor saxophone) Jay Migliori (baritone saxophone) Rodgers Grant (piano) Francois Vaz (guitar) Victor Venegas (bass) Charles G. Harris (drums) Esther Phillips (vocals) Onzy Matthews (arranger, director)
Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA, October 5-7, 1966
10936 | 10963C.C. Rider
10937 | 10964Cherry Red
10938 | 10965Confessin' The Blues
10939 | 10966I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright
Al Porcino, Ray Triscari (trumpet) Jackie Kelso (alto saxophone) Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) Herb Ellis (guitar) replaces Clark, Smith, Baltazar, Schulman, Vaz
United Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, October 24, 1966
11055In The Evening
11056Romance In The Dark
11057I Wonder

Sonny Criss - This Is Criss!  (Prestige PR 7511)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 21, 1966
When Sunny Gets Blue
The Days Of Wine And Roses
Black Coffee
Greasy
Sunrise, Sunset
Skylark
Steve's Blues
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJC 430, OJCCD 430-2.

Sonny Criss - This Is Criss!  (Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 430-2)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Alan Dawson (drums): same session
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 21, 1966
Love For Sale
** reissue of Prestige PR 7511 + 1 bonus track.

1967 (age 40)

Portrait Of Sonny Criss  (Prestige PR 7526)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 23, 1967
Blues In The Closet
On A Clear Day
Smile
A Million Or More Times
Allen's Alley (Wee)
God Bless The Child
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 655-2.

Sonny Criss - Up, Up And Away  (Prestige PR 7530)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Tal Farlow (guitar) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Lenny McBrowne (drums)
NYC, August 18, 1967
Up, Up And Away
This Is For Benny
Sunny
Paris Blues
Willow Weep For Me
Scrapple From The Apple
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 982-2.

1968

Sonny Criss - The Beat Goes On!  (Prestige PR 7558)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Cedar Walton (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
NYC, January 12, 1968
Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)
The Beat Goes On!
Georgia Rose
Ode To Billie Joe
Calidad
Yesterdays
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 1051-2.

Sonny Criss - Sonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool)  (Prestige PR 7576)

Conte Candoli (trumpet) Dick Nash (trombone) Ray Draper (tuba) David Sherr (alto saxophone) Sonny Criss (alto,soprano saxophone) Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) Pete Christlieb (baritone saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Al McKibbon (bass) Everett Brown Jr. (drums) Horace Tapscott (arranger, composer)
Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 1968
Sonny's Dream
The Golden Pearl
The Black Apostles
Ballad For Samuel
Sandy And Niles
Daughter Of Cochise
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 707-2.

Sonny Criss - Sonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool)  (Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 707-2)

Conte Candoli (trumpet) Dick Nash (trombone) Ray Draper (tuba) David Sherr (alto saxophone) Sonny Criss (alto,soprano saxophone) Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone) Pete Christlieb (baritone saxophone) Tommy Flanagan (piano) Al McKibbon (bass) Everett Brown Jr. (drums) Horace Tapscott (arranger, composer): same session
Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 1968
Sonny's Dream (alt. take)
The Golden Pearl (alt. take)
** reissue of Prestige PR 7576 + 2 bonus tracks.

Sonny Criss - Rockin' In Rhythm  (Prestige PR 7610)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Eddie Green (piano) Bob Cranshaw (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
NYC, July 2, 1968
Misty Roses
Eleanor Rigby
Rockin' In Rhythm
The Masquerade Is Over
When The Sun Comes Out
Sonnymoon For Two
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 1022-2.

Sonny Criss - Rockin' In Rhythm  (Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 1022-2)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Walter Davis Jr. (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 23, 1967
All The Things You Are
** reissue of Prestige PR 7610 + 1 bonus track.

1969

Sonny Criss - I'll Catch The Sun!  (Prestige PR 7628)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Hampton Hawes (piano) Monty Budwig (bass) Shelly Manne (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, January 20, 1969
I'll Catch The Sun
I Thought About You
California Screamin'
Cry Me A River
Don't Rain On My Parade
Blue Sunset
** also issued on Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 811-2.

1970

Hampton Hawes - Memory Lane Live  (Jass JAS 4005)

Harry Edison (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone -5) Hampton Hawes (piano) Leroy Vinnegar (bass) Bobby Thomson (drums) Joe Turner (vocals -3,4)
"Memoriy Lane Club", Los Angeles, CA, January, 1970
1.Memoriy Lane Blues
2.Blues For J.L.
3.Feeling Happy
4.Shake, Rattle And Roll
5.Teddy's Blues

1971

Sonny Criss - Proceedings Of The Blue Angel Jazz Club: The Complete 1971 Pasadena Jazz Party  (BAJC 510 511)

Harry Edison (trumpet -1,2) Clark Terry (trumpet, vocals -3,4) Carl Fontana (trombone -1) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone -1) Jimmy Rowles (piano -1,2) Ross Tompkins (piano -3,4) Herb Ellis (guitar -1,2) Monty Budwig (bass -1,3,4) Montgomery Phillips (bass -2) John Guerin (drums -1) Jake Hanna (drums -2) Donald Bailey (drums -3,4) Joe Williams (vocals -2)
"University Club", Pasadena, CA, November 20, 1971
1.Medley: Someone To Watch Over Me / Wollow Weep For Me / Easter Parade / Body And Soul
2.Rocks In My Bed
3.Art Blakey's Theme
4.My Gal

1974

Sonny Criss With Georges Arvanitas Trio Live In Italy  (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSR 401)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Jacki Samson (bass) Charles Saudrais (drums)
Bologna, Italy, January 28, 1974
Tin Tin Deo
Lover Man
Sonny's Blues
Summertime
Willow Weep For Me
Sunny

Sonny Criss With Georges Arvanitas Trio Live In Italy  (Fresh Sound (Sp) FSRCD 67)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Georges Arvanitas (piano) Jacki Samson (bass) Charles Saudrais (drums): same session
Bologna, Italy, January 28, 1974
Hootie Bluse
Untitled Blues

1975

Sonny Criss - Crisscraft  (Muse MR 5068)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dolo Coker (piano) Ray Crawford (guitar) Larry Gales (bass) Jimmie Smith (drums)
Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 24, 1975
The Isle Of Celia
Blues In My Heart
This Is For Benny
All Night Long
Crisscraft
** also issued on Muse MCD 6015.

Sonny Criss - Crisscraft  (Muse MCD 6015)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dolo Coker (piano) Ray Crawford (guitar) Larry Gales (bass) Jimmie Smith (drums): same session
Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 24, 1975
Blues In My Heart (alt. take)
omit Crawford
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 1975
All The Things You Are (alt. take)
** reissue of Muse MR 5068 + 2 bonus tracks.

Sonny Criss - Saturday Morning  (Xanadu 105)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Barry Harris (piano) Leroy Vinnegar (bass) Lenny McBrowne (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 1975
Angel Eyes
Tin Tin Deo
Jeannie's Knees
Saturday Morning
My Heart Stood Still
Until The Real Thing Comes Along

Sonny Criss - Out Of Nowhere  (Muse MR 5089)

Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Dolo Coker (piano) Larry Gales (bass) Jimmie Smith (drums)
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 1975
All The Things You Are
The Dreamer
El Tiante
My Ideal
Out Of Nowhere
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
The First One

Sonny Criss - Warm And Sonny  (Impulse! ASD 9312)

Bud Brisbois, Charles Findley, Paul Hubinon (trumpet, flugelhorn) George Bohanon (trombone) Lew McCreary (bass trombone) Vince DeRosa (French horn) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Buddy Collette (tenor saxophone, flute) Bill Green (bass saxophone, flute) Marcia Van Dyke, Winterton Garvey, Harris Goldman, Janice Gower, William Henderson, Kares Jones, Carl LaMagna, 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) Clarence McDonald (keyboards -1/3) Sonny Burke (keyboards -4/7) Wah Wah Watson (guitar) Lee Ritenour (guitar -1/3) Dennis Budimir (guitar -4/7) Chuck Domanico (bass -4/7) Scott Edwards (electric bass -1/3) James Gadson (drums) Eddie "Bongo" Brown (percussion)
Los Angeles, CA, circa 1975
1.Cool Struttin'
2.Sweet Summer Breeze
3.Memories
4.The Way We Were
5.That's The Way Of The World
6.Bumpin'
7.Blue For Willie

1977 (aged 50)

Sonny Criss - The Joy Of Sax  (Impulse! AS 9326)

Blue Mitchell (trumpet) George Bohanon (trombone) Sonny Criss (alto saxophone) Bill King, Ernie Watts (reeds) Sonny Burke (piano) Patrice Rushen (electric piano) Mitch Holder, Lee Ritenour (guitar) Chuck Domanico (bass) Henry Davis, Scott Edwards (electric bass) Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Esmond Edwards (percussion) Viola Jackson (vocals -6) unidentified horns and strings
Los Angeles, CA, circa 1977
1.You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
2.Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
3.You Are So Beautiful
4.Turn Me Loose
5.Stolen Moments
6.Have A Talk With God
7.Midnight Mellow