SONNY CRISS a discography with cover photos since September 22, 1999 / updated on May 14, 2014 Content of update *four albums on Prestige newly CD reissued in Japan : UCCO-90272 / UCCO-90273 / UCCO-90276 / UCCO-90279 Fundamental format of this page a. Albums are nearly listed in chronologically. b. CD issue or reissue configuration is prior to original vinyl album's. Recommended method for page illegibility *This page is designed to be best viewed in 800 x 600 pixels. When layout is illegible, Please try to change the preferences (Font type, size or Encoding and Character) in temporarily.

table for flying to the each recording years
1947-49 1950-52 1955-59 1962-65 1966-69 1970-76 *others *bottom


   
[Billy Eckstine / The Legendary Big Band] (Savoy Jazz SVY-17125)
*Ray Linn(tp)  Gerald Vlentine(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)
 unknown(g)  Warren Bracken(p)  Shifty Henry(b)  Tim Kennedy(ds)
 Billy Eckstine(vo, tb)
@ April 21, 1947 / Los Angels
01+ All of Me
02+ Where are You ?
03+ Prelude to a Kiss
04+ She's Got the Blues for Sale
05+ She's Got the Blues for Sale (alt.take)
06+ What's New ?
07+ Serenade in Blue
08+ In My Solitude
09+ Sophisticated Lady
#Latest CD issue number : as above(U.S.)
Note : Some discographies suggest that Sonny Criss took part in Mister B.'s
       National/Savoy session on April 27, 1947. But doubtful.
     : Track 01-03 and 06 also vinyl LP issued on Savoy Jazz SJL-1127(U.S.)
       entitled [Billy Eckstine / Sings].
     : Track 04 and 07-09 also vinyl LP issued on Savoy Jazz SJL-2214(U.S.)
       entitled [Billy Eckstine / Mister B. and the Band].


 
   
[Sonny Criss / California Boppin' 1947] (Fresh Sound FSRCD-156)
[Sonny Criss / Memorial Album] (Jazz Factory JFCD-22813)
*Howard McGhee(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gay(ts)
 Dodo Marmarosa(p)  Red Callender(b)  Jackie Mills(ds)
@ April 29, 1947 / Pasadena, California
01+ Groovin' High
02+ Hot House
03+ Bebop

*Howard McGhee(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Teddy Edwards(ts)
 Hampton Hawes(p)   Addison Farmer(b)   Roy Porter(ds)
@ June 1947 / Los Angels
04+ The Man I Love
05+ Ornithology
06+ Body and Soul

*Al Killian(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)  Barney Kessel(g-1)
 Russ Freeman(p)  Harry Babasin(b)  Ken Kennedy(ds)
@ July 6, 1947 / Elks Auditorium, Los Angels
07+ Backbreaker
08+ Blow Blow Blow

*Al Killian(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)
 Charlie Fox(p)  Shifty Henry(b)  Tim Kennedy(ds)
@ October 17, 1947 / Portland
09+ The Creep
10+ Out of Nowhere
11+ Blue 'N Boogie
12+ Semi-Quiet (Sonny's Bop)
13+ Blue Lou
#Latest CD issue number : both as above(Spain)
Note : Track 01-03 also vinyl LP issued on Spotlite SPJ-134(EU) entitled
       [Wardell Gray / Stan Hasselgard].
     : Track 04-06 also vinyl LP issued on Jazz Showcase 5005(U.S.) entitled
       [California Boppin'].
     : Track 07-08 also CD issued on Savoy Jazz SVY-17441(U.S.) entitled
       [Dexter Gordon / Bopland : The Legendary Elks Club Concert LA, 1947].
     : Track 09-13 also on [The Sonny Criss Memorial Album] (Xanadu 200).

   
[Dexter Gordon / Bopland : The Legendary Elks Club Concert LA, 1947]
(Savoy Jazz SVY-17441)
@ all session on July 6, 1947 at Elks Auditorium, Los Angels
*Howard McGhee(tp)  Trummy Young(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)
 Dexter Gordon(ts)  Barney Kessel(g)  Hampton Hawes(p)  Harry Babasin(b-1)
 Red Callender(b-2)  Roy Porter(ds-3)
01+ Bopera (Disorder at the Border)   -1, 3
02+ Bop After Hours (After Hours Bop) -2, 3
03+ The Hunt (Rock 'n' Shoals)        -2(prob.), 3(prob.)
04+ Jeronimo (Cherrycoke, Cherokee)   -2

*Al Killian(tp)  S.Criss(as)  W.Gray(ts)  B.Kessel(g)
 Russ Freeman(p-1)  H.Hawes(p-2)  R.Callender(b-3)  H.Babasin(b-4)
 Tim Kennedy(ds)  Earl Coleman(vo-5)
05+ Body and Soul (previously unissued) -1, 3, 5
06+ Back Breaker     -1, 3 or 4,
07+ Blow, Blow, Blow -2, 4

*similar personnel as 1st session
08+ Unknown Theme (take 1, previously unissued)
09+ Unknown Theme (take 2, previously unissued)
#Latest CD issue number : as above(U.S.)
Note : Some discographies suggest that Sonny Criss appeared on another
  track [Bopland (Byas a Drink)]. But actually not.
  : Track 01 and 03 also CD issued on [Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray /
    Jazz West Coast Live, Hollywood Jazz Vol.1] (SV-0164;U.S. / COCY-9816;Japan).
  : Track 04 also CD issued on [Bopland Boys / Jazz West Coast Live,
    Hollywood Jazz Vol.2] (SV-0165;U.S. / COCY-9823;Japan).
  : Track 06-07 also CD issued on [Bop Jam Allstars / Jazz West Coast Live,
    Hollywood Jazz Vol.3] (SV-0166;U.S. / COCY-9831;Japan).

   
[Norman Granz' J.A.T.P. / Carnegie Hall, 1949] (Fantasy PACD-5311)
*Fats Navarro(tp)  Tommy Turk(tb)  Charlie Parker, Sonny Criss(as)
 Flip Phillips(ts)  Hank Jones(p)  Ray Brown(b)  Shelly Manne(ds)
@ February 11, 1949 / Carnegie Hall, NYC
+ Leap Here
+ Indiana
+ Lover Come Back to Me
#Latest CD issue number : as above(U.S.)

   
[Charlie Parker / Bird's Eyes, Volume 37] (Philology W 868)
*Fats Navarro(tp)  Tommy Turk(tb)  Charlie Parker, Sonny Criss(as)
 Flip Phillips(ts)  Hank Jones(p)  Ray Brown(b)  Shelly Manne(ds)
@ February 11, 1949 / Carnegie Hall, NYC
+ Cherokee
+ Perdido
+ How High the Moon
#Latest CD-R issue number : as above(Italy)

   
[V.A. / The Jazz Scene] (Verve 314 521 661 2)
*Flip Phillips(ts)  John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk,
 Kai Winding(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)  Mickey Crane(p)  Ray Brown(b)
 Shelly Manne(ds)
@ February, 1949 / NYC
+ Swingin' for Julie and Brownie
+ Swingin' for Julie and Brownie (alt.take)
+ Flip's Idea
#Latest CD issue number : as above(U.S.) / POCJ-9517/8(Japan)
Note : All tracks also CD issued on Mosaic Records MD6-182(U.S.) entitled
      [The Complete Verve/Clef : Charlie Ventura/Flip Philips Studio Sessions].

   
[V.A. / an Evening of Jazz] (Norgran MGN-1065 / Verve MGV-8155)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Hampton Hawes(p)  Iggy Shevack(b)  Chuck Thompson(ds)
@ September 22, 1949 / Los Angels
+ The First One
+ Colidad - Calidad
+ Blues for the Boppers
+ Tornade (Wee)
#Latest CD reissue number : POCJ-2600(Japan)
Note : All tracks also CD issued on Jazz Factory JFCD-22812(EU) entitled
       [Sonny Criss / Hampton Hawes Sessions] ; see others.

   
[Gerald Wilson / Big Band Modern] (Jazz Factory JFCD-22880)
*Ernie Royal, Walter Williams(tp)  Melba Liston, Henry Coker, Robert Wagner,
 Trummy Young(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)  Gerald Wiggins(p)  Red Callender(b)
 Lee Young(ds)  Gerald Wilson(arr/cond, tp) + unknown reeds
 Guest stars : Wardell Gray, Zoot Sims and Stan Getz(ts)
@ early 1950 / Veterans Memorial, San Francisco
+ Hollywood Freeway
+ Sea Breeze
+ Nice Work If You Can Get It
+ Indiana
+ It Had to be You
+ Out of Nowhere
+ Hollywood Freeway
#Latest CD issue number : as avobe(EU)

   
[Wardell Gray / Memorial Vol.2] (Prestige LP-7009)
*Clark Terry(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)  Dexter Gordon(ts-1)
 Jimmy Bunn(p)  Billy Hadnott(b)  Chuck Thompson(ds)
@ August 27, 1950 / Hula Hut Club, Los Angels
+ Scapple from the Apple
+ Move -1
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-051-2(U.S.) / UCCO-5209(Japan)

   
[The Sonny Criss Memorial Album] (Xanadu 200)
*Clark Terry(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon(ts)
 Jimmy Bunn(p)  Billy Hadnott(b)  Chuck Thompson(ds)  Damita Jo(vo)
@ August 27, 1950 / Hula Hut Club, Los Angels
+ I Can't Give You Anything but Love
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*Sonny Criss(as)  Gil Barrios(p)  Dave Bryant(b)  Billy Snyder(ds)
@ September 4, 1952 / Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California
+ Strike Up the Band
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*Sonny Criss(as)  Hampton Hawes(p)  Clarence Johnson(b)  Frank Butler(ds)
@ June 15, 1965 / Los Angels
+ Saturday Morning
+ When Sunny Gets Blue
+ The Masquerade is Over
+ What's New
+ Ursula
#Latest CD reissue number : CRCJ-5003(Japan)
Note : The 3rd session also CD issued on Jazz Factory JFCD-22812(EU) entitled
       [Sonny Criss / Hampton Hawes Sessions] ; see others.

   
[Sonny Criss / Intermission Riff] (Pablo 2310929)
*Joe Newman(tp)  Bennie Green(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)  Eddie Lockjaw Davis(ts)
 Bobby Tucker(p)  Tommy Potter(b)  Kenny Clarke(ds)
@ October 12, 1951 / Shrine Auditorium, Los Angels
+ Intermission Riff
+ How High the Moon
+ Perdido
+ Body and Soul
+ High Jump
Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-961-2(U.S.)  / VDJ-1165(Japan)
Note : All tracks also CD issued on Lonehill Jazz 10106(EU) entitled
       [Sonny Criss / The Lost Recordings] ; see others.


 
   
[Chet Baker / Live at the Trade Winds 1952] (Fresh Sound FSRCD-1001)
[Chet Baker / Californian Jam Session] (Definitive DRCD-11232)
*Chet Baker(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray, Dave Pell(ts)
 Jerry Mandell(p)  Harry Babasin(cello)  Bob Whitlock(b)  Lawrence Marable(ds)
@ March 24, 1952 / Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California
+ Out of Nowhere

*Chet Baker(tp)  Ted Ottison(tp-1)  Sonny Criss(as)  J.R.Monterose(ts-2)
 Al Haig(p)  Dave Bryant(b)  Larry Bunker(ds)
@ August 4, 1952 / Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California
+ How High the Moon               -2
+ There will Never be Another You -2
+ Sweet Georgia Brown             -1
#Latest CD issue number : as aboves(Spain, Ad.)
Note : 1st session also vinyl LP issued on [Jam Session : Record No.103].
     : 2nd session also CD/vinyl LP issued on
       [Al Haig / Live in Hollywood] (Xanadu 206).

   
[Inglewood Jam : Bird and Chet Live at the Trade Winds 1952]
(Jazz Chronicles JCS-102)
*Chet Baker(tp)  Sonny Criss, Charlie Parker(as)  Al Haig(p-1)
 Rus Freeman(p-2)  Harry Babasin(b-3)  unknown(b-4)  Lawrence Marable(ds)
@ June 16, 1952 / Trade Winds Club, Inglewood, California
+ The Squirrel        -1, 3
+ Irresistible You    -1, 4
+ Indiana / Donna Lee -2, 3
+ Liza                -1, 3
#Latest CD reissue number : Fresh Sound FSRCD-359(Spain) / ABCJ-79(Japan)


September 4, 1952 : see [The Sonny Criss Memorial Album] (Xanadu 200)


   
[The Buddy Rich & Sweets Edison Quintet / Complete 1955 Hollywood Sessions]
(Fresh Sound FSRCD 542)
*Harry "Sweets" Edison(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)
 Jimmy Rowles(p)  John Simmons(b)  Buddy Rich(ds)
@ August 26, 1955 / Hollywood, Los Angels
01+ Sonny and Sweets
02+ The Two Mothers
03+ Smooth One
04+ Broadway
#Latest CD reissue number : as above(Spain)
Note : Track 01-02 originally vinyl LP issued on
       [The Swinging Buddy Rich] (Norgran MGN-1052, Verve MGV-8142).
     : Track 03-04 originally vinyl LP issued on
       [The Wailing Buddy Rich] (Norgran MGN-1078, Verve MGV-8168).
     : All tracks also vinyl LP issued on Verve Japan 25MJ-3607 entitled
       [The Wailing Buddy Rich].

   
[Sonny Criss / Jazz - U.S.A.] (Imperial LP-9006)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Barney Kessel(g)
 Kenny Drew(p)  Bill Woodson(b)  Chuck Thompson(ds)
@ January 26,  1956 / Los Angels (track 01-04)
  February 24, 1956 / Los Angels (track 05-08)
  March 23,    1956 / Los Angels (track 09-12)
01+ Willow Weep for Me
02+ Easy Living
03+ Alabamy Bound
04+ Criss Cross
05+ These Foolish Things
06+ Blue Friday
07+ Something's Gotta Give
08+ West Coast Blues
09+ Sunday
10+ More Than You Know
11+ Ham's Blues
12+ Sweet Georgia Brown
#Latest CD reissue number : CDP 7243 5 24564 2(U.S.) / TOCJ-50171(Japan)
Note : 24564 2 entitled [Sonny Criss / The Complete Imperial Sessions].

   
[Sonny Criss / Go Man !] (Imperial LP-9020)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Sonny Clark(p)  Leroy Vinnegar(b)  Lawrence Marable(ds)
@ February 24, 1956 / Los Angels
+ 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 Along
+ Blue Prelude
+ After You've Gone
+ Come Rain or Come Shine
+ How High the Moon
+ If I Had You
#Latest CD reissue number : CDP 7243 5 24564 2(U.S.) / TOCJ-50023(Japan)
Note : 24564 2 entitled [Sonny Criss / The Complete Imperial Sessions].

   
[Sonny Criss Plays Cole Porter] (Imperial LP-9024)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Sonny Clark(p-1)  Jimmy Bunn(p-2)  Larry Bunker(vib)
 Buddy Woodson(b-3)  Teddy Smith(b-4)  Lawrence Marable(ds)
@ August 21, 1956 / Los Angels (track 01-07)
  October 3, 1956 / Los Angels (track 08-10)
01+ I Love You                     -1, 3
02+ Anything Goes                  -1, 3
03+ Love for Sale                  -1, 3
04+ Night and Day                  -1, 3
05+ Just One of Those Things       -1, 3
06+ What is This Thing Called Love -1, 3
07+ I Get a Kick Out of You        -1, 3
08+ Easy to Love                   -2, 4
09+ It's Allright with Me          -2, 4
10+ In the Still of the Night      -2, 4
#Latest CD reissue number : CDP 7243 5 24564 2(U.S.) / TOCJ-50172(Japan)
Note : 24564 2 entitled [Sonny Criss / The Complete Imperial Sessions].

   
[Art Pepper, Sonny Criss, Bud Shank / The Altoman] (Vantage NLP-5005)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Hampton Hawes(p)  Buddy Woodson(b)  Chuck Thompson(ds)
@ November 25, 1957 / TV Show "Stars of Jazz", Los Angels
01+ Easy Living
02+ Willow Weep for Me
03+ Wailing for Joe
04+ Blues
#Latest vinyl LP issue number : as above(Japan)
Note : Track 01-03 also CD issued on [Sonny Criss / Hampton Hawes Sessions]
       (Jazz Factory JFCD-22812) ; see others.

   
[Buddy Rich / The Cinch] (Spotlite SPJ-149)
*Ole Hansen(tb)  Sonny Criss(as)
  Kenny Drew(p)  Phil Leshin(b)  Buddy Rich(ds)
@ November 7 and 8, 1958 / Birdland, NYC
+ Four
+ In a Prescribed Manner
+ The Cinch
+ I Don't Wanna be Kissed
+ Our Delight
#Latest CD reissue number : SPJ-249CD(U.K.)
Note : Sonny Criss not appeared on other two tracks, [If I were a Bell]
       and [Ev'ry Day].
     : All tracks also CD issued on Lonehill Jazz 10106(EU) entitled
       [Sonny Criss / The Lost Recordings] ; see others.

   
[Sonny Criss / At the Crossroads] (Peacock's PLP-91)
*Ole Hansen(tb-1)  Sonny Criss(as)
 Wynton Kelly(p)   Bob Cranshaw(b)  Walter Perkins(ds)
@ March, 1959 / Chicago
+ Sweet Lorraine
+ You Don't Know What Love is    -1
+ I Got it Bad
+ Sylvia -1
+ Softly as in a Morning Sunrise -1
+ Butt's Delight
+ Indiana                        -1
#Latest CD reissue number : FSRCD-318(Spain) / MVCJ-19005(Japan)
Note : On original vinyl LP back cover, Wynton Kelly credited as Joe Scott.


 
   
[Sonny Criss / Mr. Blues Pour Flirter] (Brunswick 87-519)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Henri Renaud(p)  Michel Gaudry(b)  Philippe Combelle(ds)
@ October 10, 1962 / Paris
+ Mighty Low              : CD bonus track
+ Don't Blame Me          : CD bonus track
+ Black Coffee            : CD bonus track
+ We'll be Together Again : CD bonus track
Note : Above four tracks originally vinyl EP issued on Polydor 27-004, and
       also CD reissued on Universal Music France 014.060-2 entitled
       [V.A. / Saxophones a Saint-Germain-des-Pres] (the 2nd photo).

*Sonny Criss(as)  Georges Arvanitas(p-1, org-2)  Rene Thomas(g-out on 3)
 Pierre Michelot(b)  Philippe Combelle(ds)
@ April 22, 1963 / Paris
+ Once in a While             -1
+ Day Dream                   -1
# Blues Pour Flirter number 2 -1
Note : # marked originally vinyl EP issued on Polydor 27-049, and
       also CD reissued on Universal Music France 014.060-2 (the 2nd photo).

*@ April 23, 1963 / Paris
+ Don't Get Around Much Anymore   -2
+ Saint Louis Blues               -2
+ Early and Later : Part.1 (4:22) -2
+ Early and Later : Part.2 (4:35) -2

@ April 25, 1963 / Paris
+ God Bless the Child     -1, 3
+ This Can't be Love      -1, 3
+ On Green Dolphin Street -1, 3

#Latest CD reissue number : 532 572-4(Universal Music France) /
                            UCCM-4110(Japan)

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@ April 23, 1963 / Paris
# Early and Later : Part.1 short version (3:22) -2
# Early and Later : Part.2 short version (2:41) -2
Note : These tracks originally vinyl EP issued on Polydor 27-049, and
       CD reissued only on Universal Music France 014.060-2 (the 2nd photo).

   
[V.A. / Louiguy au Cinema] (Universal Music France 983 260 6)
*Lou Bennett(org)
 The Kenny Clarke(ds) Jazz Combo including Sonny Criss(as)
@ c.1962 / Paris
+ Le Glaive et la Balance
+ I Sing the Blues
#Latest CD issue number : as above(France)
Note : These tracks originally issued on [Soundtrack : Le Glaive et la Balance]
       (Pathe 45EG620 : 7inch vinyl EP)

   
[Memphis Slim / Clap Your Hands] (Fontana 680 253 ML)
*Memphis Slim(org, vo)  Sonny Criss(as)  Dean Norton(g)
 Jacques Denjean(p)  Pierre Slim, Vic Apicella(b)  Philippe Combelle(ds)
@ 1963 / Paris
+ Rainin' in My Heart

*added : Jean-Claude Naude(tp)  Bill Tamper(tb)  Dominique Chanson, Gerard Badni(ts)
+ House Cleaning
+ Double Crossin' Mama
#Latest CD reissue number : Maison de Blues 983 268-2(EU)


 
   
[Lou Rawls / Tobacco Road] (Capitol T-2042)
*Bud Brisbois, Bob Rolfe, Dalton Smith, Freddie Hill, Walter Williams(tp)
 Lou Blackburn, Horace Tapscott, Joe Vasquez(tb)  Ron Smith(btb)
 Sonny Criss, Joe Maini(as)  Curtis Amy(ss,ts)  Clifford Solomon(ts)
 Jay Migliori(bs)  Harvey Blackston(hca)  Rene Hall, Ray Crawford(g)
 Jim Crutcher(b)  Charles Harris(ds)  Onzy Matthews(p,arr,cond)  Lou Rawls(vo)
@ July 29, 1963 / Capitol Studios, Los Angels
+ Tobacco Road
+ Blues for a Four String Guitar

*Teddy Edwards(ts) and Earl Palmer(ds) replaced C.Solomon, H.Blackston and C.Harris
@ July 30, 1963 / Capitol Studios, Los Angels
+ Cotton Fields
+ Georgia on My Mind
+ Sentimental Journey
+ Summertime

*same personnel as 1st session, except
 Bobby Bryant(tp) and Earl Palmer(ds) replaced W.Williams, H.Blackston and C.Harris
@ August 7, 1963 / Capitol Studios, Los Angels
+ Rockin' Chair
+ Stormy Weather
+ Ol' Man River
+ St.Louis Blues
+ When It's Sleepy Time Down South : CD bonus track
#Latest CD reissue number : 09463 54957 2 0(U.S.;2nd photo)
Thanks to Mr.Tamio Akiyama for CD reissue information.


session on June 15, 1965. : see [The Sonny Criss Memorial Album] (Xanadu 200)


   
[Onzy Matthews / Sounds for The '60s] (Capitol T-2479)
*Bud Brisbois, Ollie Mitchell, Melvin Moore, Bobby Bryant, Bob Rolfe(tp)
 Lou Blackburn, Dick Hyde, Pete Myers, Dick Leith(tb)  Bob Knight(btb)
 Gabe Baltazar(as,fl)  Sonny Criss(as)  Clfford Scott, Curtis Amy(ts)
 Jay Migliori(bs)  Don Peake(g)  Onzy Matthews(p)
 Larry Knechtel(elb)  Sharky Hall(ds)  Lloyd Morales(perc)
@ July 28, 1965 / Capitol Studios, LA
+ White Gardenia
+ Blues for the Reverend
+ Mexicali Brass
+ Lilies of the Field
+ Play Me Some Blues
#Latest CD reissue number : Mosaic Records MS-029(U.S.)
   
Further tracks on
[Mosaic Select : Onzy Matthews] (Mosaic Records MS-029)
*Bud Brisbois, Bob Rolfe, Dalton Smith, Freddie Hill, Walter Williams(tp)
 Horace Tapscott, Lou Blackburn, Joe Vasquez(tb)  Ron Smith(btb)
 Sonny Criss, Joe Maini(as)  Curtis Amy(ss,as,ts)  Teddy Edwards(ts)
 Jay Migliori(bs)  Rene Hall, Ray Crawford(g)  Onzy Matthews(p)
 Jim Crutcher(b)  Earl Palmer(ds)  Lou Rawls(tambourine)
@ July 30, 1963 / Capitol Studios, LA
+ Lilies of the Field

*same personnel and location on July 28, 1965
+ People

Thanks to Mr.Tamio Akiyama for information of MS-029.

   
[Ester Phillips / Confessin' the Blues] (Atlantic SD-1680)
*Ester Phillips(vo)  Onzy Matthews(arr, cond) Orchestra :
 Robert Rolfe, Mevin Moore, Bill Clark, James Smith(tp)
 Lou Blackburn, Richard Leith, Roland Meyers, Peter Meyers(tb)
 Sonny Criss, Gabriel Baltazar(as) Louis Ciotti, Ira Schulman(ts)
 Jay Migliori(bs)  Francois Vaz(g)  Rodgers Grant(p)
 Victor Venegas(b)  Charles Grant(ds)
@ October 7, 1966 / Hollywood, California
+ I'm Gettin' Long Alright
+ Confessin' the Blues
+ C.C. Rider
+ Cherry Red

*Al Porcino(tp), Raymond Triscari(as), Teddy Edwards(ts) and
 Herb Ellis(g) replace J.Smith, G.Baltazar, I.Schulman and F.Vaz.
@ October 14, 1966 / Los Angels
+ I Wonder
+ Romance in the Dark
+ In the Evenin'
#Latest CD reissue number : 90670-2(U.S.) / AMCY-1066(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / This is Criss ! ] (Prestige PR-7511)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Walter Davis(p)  Paul Chambers(b)  Alan Dawson(ds)
@ October 21, 1966 / Englewood cliffs, NJ.
+ Black Coffee
+ Days of Wine and Roses
+ When Sunny Gets Blue
+ Greasy
+ Sunrise, Sunset
+ Steve's Blues
+ Skylark
+ Love for Sale ; CD bonus track
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-430-2(U.S.) / UCCO-90166(Japan)

   
[Portrait of Sonny Criss] (Prestige PR-7526)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Walter Davis(p)  Paul Chambers(b)  Alan Dawson(ds)
@ March 23, 1967 / Englewood cliffs, NJ.
+ a Million or More Times
+ Wee
+ God Bless the Child
+ On a Clear Day
+ Blues in the Closet
+ Smile
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-655-2(U.S.) / UCCO-90272(Japan)
Note : Another track on this session, [All The Things You Are] issued on
       Fantasy OJCCD-1022-2 as a bonus track.

   
[Sonny Criss / Up, Up and Away] (Prestige PR-7530)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Tal Farlow(g)
 Cedar Walton(p)  Bob Cranshaw(b)  Lenny McBrowne(ds)
@ August 18, 1967 / NYC
+ Up, Up and Away
+ Willow Weep for Me
+ This is for Benny
+ Sunny
+ Scrapple from the Apple
+ Paris Blues
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-982-2(U.S.) / UCCO-90273(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / The Beat Goes on !] (Prestige PR-7558)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Cedar Walton(p)  Bob Cranshaw(b)  Alan Dawson(ds)
@ January 12, 1968 / NYC
+ The Beat Goes on
+ Georgia Rose
+ Somewhere My Love
+ Calidad
+ Yesterdays
+ Ode to Billy Joe
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-1051-2(U.S.) / UCCO-90276(Japan)

   
[The Sonny Criss Orchestra / Sonny's Dream] (Prestige PR-7576)
*Conte Candoli(tp)  Dick Nash(tb)  Ray Draper(tu)  Sonny Criss(as,ss)
 David Sherr(as)  Teddy Edwards(ts)  Pete Christlieb(bs)  Tommy Flanagan(p)
 Al McKibbon(b)  Everett Brown Jr.(ds)  Horace Tapscott(arr, cond)
@ May 8, 1968 / Los Angels
+ Sonny's Dream
+ Ballad for Samuel
+ The Black Apostles
+ The Golden Pearl
+ Daughter of Cochise
+ Sandy and Niles
+ The Golden Pearl [alt.take] ; CD bonus track(U.S.issue only)
+ Sonny's Dream    [alt.take] ; CD bonus track(U.S.issue only)
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-707-2(U.S.) / VICJ-41811(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / Rockin' in Rhythm] (Prestige PR-7610)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Eddie Green(p)  Bob Cranshaw(b)  Alan Dawson(ds)
@ July 2, 1968 / NYC
+ Eleanor Rigby
+ When the Sun Comes Out
+ Sonnymoon for Two
+ Rockin' in Rhythm
+ Misty Roses
+ The Masqueade is Over
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*Sonny Criss(as)  Walter Davis(p)  Paul Chambers(b)  Alan Dawson(ds)
@ March 23, 1967 / Englewood cliffs, NJ.
+ All the Things You are ; CD bonus track(U.S. issue only)
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-1022-2(U.S.) / VICJ-41343(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / I'll Catch the Sun] (Prestige PR-7628)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Hampton Hawes(p)  Monty Budwig(b)  Shelly Manne(ds)
#January 20, 1969 / Los Angels
+ Don't Rain on My Parade
+ Blue Sunset
+ I Thought about You
+ California Screamin'
+ Cry Me a River
+ I'll Catch the Sun
#Latest CD reissue number : OJCCD-811-2(U.S.) / UCCO-90279(Japan)

   
[Hampton Hawes All Stars Live at Memory Lane] (JAS-4005)
*Harry Edison(tp)  Sonny Criss(as)  Teddy Edwards(ts-1)
 Hampton Hawes(p)  Leroy Vinnegar(b)  Bobby thomson(ds)  Joe Turner(vo-2)
@ 1970 / Memoriy Lane Club, Los Angels
+ Memoriy Lane Blues
+ Blues for J.L.
+ Feeling Happy          -2
+ Shake, Rattle and Roll -2
+ Teddy's Blues          -1
#Latest CD reissue number : FSRCD-406(Spain)  / XQAM-1615(Japan).
Note : All tracks also CD issued on Jazz Factory JFCD-22812(EU) entitled
       [Sonny Criss / Hampton Hawes Sessions] ; see others.

   
[Proceedings of the Blue Angel Jazz Club :
 The Complete 1971 Pasadena Jazz Party] (BAJC 510-511)
*Harry Edison(tp)  Carl Fontana(tb-1)  Sonny Criss(as)  Flip Phillips(ts)
 Herb Ellis(g)  Jimmy Rowles(p)  Monty Budwig(b-2)  Montgomery Phillips(b-3)
 Joehn Guerin(ds-4)  Jake Hanna(ds-5)  Joe Williams(vo-6)
@ November 20, 1971 / University Club of Pasadena
+ Medley -1, 2, 4
  Someone to Watch Over Me / Wollow Weep for Me / 
  Easter Parede / Body and Soul
+ Rocks in My Bed -3, 5, 6

*Clark Terry(tp, vo-1)  Sonny Criss(as)
 Ross Tompkins(p)  Monty Budwig(b)  Donald Bailey(ds)
@ same date and location.
+ Art Blakey's Theme
+ My Gal -1
# not CD reissued

   
[Sonny Criss / Live in Italy] (Fresh Sound FSR-401)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Georges Arvanitas(p)  Jacky Samson(b)  Charles Saudrais(ds)
@ January 28, 1974 / Bologne, Italy
+ Tin Tin Deo
+ Lover Man
+ Sonny's Blues
+ Summertime
+ Wilow Weep for Me
+ Sunny
+ Hooti's Blues  ; CD bonus track
+ Untitled Blues ; CD bonus track
#Latest CD reissue number : FSRCD-337(Spain)

   
[Sonny Criss / Crisscraft] (Muse MR-5068)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Ray Crawford(g-out on 1)
 Dolo Coker(p)  Larry Gales(b)  Jimmy Smith(ds)
@ February 24, 1975 / Los Angels
@ October 20, 1975  / Los Angels (Last track only)
+ The Isle of Celia
+ Blues in My Heart
+ This is For Benny
+ All Night Long
+ Crisscraft
+ Blues in My Heart (alt.take)         ; CD bonus track
+ All the Things You are (alt.take) -1 ; CD bonus track
#Latest CD reissue number : MCD-6015(U.S.) / SRCS-9406(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / Saturday Morning] (Xanadu 105)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Barry Harris(p)  Leroy Vinnegar(b)  Lenny McBrowne(ds)
@ March 1, 1975 / Los Angels
+ Angel Eyes
+ Tin Tin Deo
+ Jeannie's Knees
+ Saturday Morning
+ My Hert Stood Still
+ Until the Real Thing Comes Along
#Latest CD reissue number : Prevue PR-7(U.S.) / TKCB-71511(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / Out of Nowhere] (Muse MR-5089)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Dolo Coker(p)  Larry Gales(b)  Jimmy Smith(ds)
@ October 20, 1975 / Los Angels
+ All the Things You are
+ The Dreamer
+ El Tiante
+ My Ideal
+ Out of Nowhere
+ Brother, Can You Spare a Dime ?
+ The First One
#Latest CD reissue number : MCD-5089(U.S.) / PCCY-30046(Japan)

   
[Sonny Criss / Warm and Sonny] (Impulse AS-9312)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Lee Ritenour and Melvin Ragin(g-1)
 Dennis Budmir and Melvin Ragin(g-2)  Clarence McDonald(key-3)
 Sonny Burke(key-4)  Scott Edwards(b-5)  Chuck Domanico(b-6)
 James Gadson(ds)  Eddie Brown(perc)  strings and horns.
@ c.1975 / Los Angels
+ Cool Struttin'              -1, 3, 5
+ Sweet Summer Breeze         -1, 3, 5
+ Memories                    -1, 3, 5
+ The Way We Were             -2, 4, 6
+ That's the Way of the World -2, 4, 6
+ Bumpin'                     -2, 4, 6
+ Blue for Willie             -2, 4, 6
#Latest CD issue number : 06025 2780947 2(EU) / MVCZ-80(Japan)
Note : 06025 2780947 2 combines Impulse AS-9312 and AS-9326.

   
[Sonny Criss / The Joy of Sax] (Impulse AS-9326)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Blue Mitchell(tp-1)  Lee Ritenour(g-2)
 Mitch Holder(g-3)  Patrice Rushen(elp-4)  Bill King(elp-5, p-6)
 Sonny Burke(p-7)  Chuck Domanico(b-8)  Scott Edwards(b-9)
 Henry E. Davis(b-10)  James Gadson(ds)  Eddie Brown(perc-11)
 Esmond Edwards(perc-12)  Viola Jackson(vo-13) strings-14  horns-15
@ c.1976 / Los Angels
+ You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling -2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 14
+ Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing   -2, 3, 5, 9, 12, 15
+ You are So Beautiful            -2, 3, 6, 9, 14
+ Turn Me Loose                   -2, 5, 9, 12, 15
+ Stolen Moments                  -1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 14
+ Have a Talk with God            -3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15
+ Midnight Mellow                 -2, 6, 9, 12, 14
#Latest CD issue number : 06025 2780947 2(EU) / MVCZ-81(Japan)
Note : 06025 2780947 2 combines Impulse AS-9312 and AS-9326.

*CDs those grouped some sessions.

   
[Sonny Criss/Hampton Hawes Sessions] (Jazz Factory JFCD-22812)
*September 22, 1949 : [V.A./an Evening of Jazz] (Norgran / Verve)
*November 25, 1957  : [A.Pepper, S.Criss, B.Shank / The Altoman] (Vantage)
*June 15, 1965      : [The Sonny Criss Memorial Album] (Xanadu)
*1970               : [Hampton Hawes All Stars Live at Memory Lane] (JAS)

   
[Sonny Criss / The Lost Recordings] (Lonehill Jazz 10106)
*October 12, 1951       : [Sonny Criss / Intermission Riff] (Pablo)
*November 7 and 8, 1958 : [Buddy Rich / The Cinch] (Spotlite)


*other recordings those I don't have.
[Ernie Lewis] (Pacific Jazz 610)
*Ernie Royal(tp)  possibly Sonny Criss(as)  Wardell Gray(ts)
 Ernie Lewis(p)  Vernon Alley(b)  Roy Porter(ds)
@ Summer 1946 / San Francisco
+ Vernon Alley's blues
+ Hit That Jive Jack

[Billy Hadnott and his Orchestra] (Federal 12084, 12096)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Ruddy Pits(vib)  Ernie Freeman(p)
 Oscar Moore(g)  Billy Hadnott(b)  Budy Reed(ds)
@ April 26, 1952 / Los Angeles
+ Ooh China
+ My Ideal
+ Limehouse Blues
+ Junk Wagon

[Roy Porter Quintet] (Debonair 1821, 1822)
*Sonny Criss(as)  Roy Porter(org)  Buddy Woodson(b)
 Al Bartee(ds)  Richard Washington(bongo)
@ 1957 / Los Angels
+ Wow
+ Got a Funny Feelin'
+ Minor Moods
+ Love You
Note : Information of this session listed in Roy Porter's autobiography titled
       [There and Back], published by Bayou Press in 1991.
Thanks to Mr.Peter Bevan for this information.

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[Extra note]
Some discographies suggest that Sonny Criss appeared on Howard McGhee's Melodisc session
in spring 1946. The tracks are [Sweet Potato], [Hoggin'], [Blues a La King] and [Night Mist].
However, this data is "absolutely" doubtful.


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