Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool)

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Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool)
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Studio album by Sonny Criss
Released 1968
Recorded May 8, 1968
Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Length 44:56
Label Prestige
PR 7576
Producer Don Schlitten
Sonny Criss chronology
The Beat Goes On!
(1968)The Beat Goes On!1968
Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool)
Rockin' in Rhythm
(1968)Rockin' in Rhythm1968

Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool) is an album by saxophonist Sonny Criss recorded in 1968 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars
(Core Collection)[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars with its review by Scott Yanoff stating, "The altoist is backed for the set by a nonet arranged by the great Los Angeles legend Horace Tapscott. The arrangements are challenging but complementary to Criss' style, and he is in top form on the six Tapscott originals... highly recommended for both Criss' playing and Tapscott's writing".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz identified it as part of their recommended "core collection".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Horace Tapscott

  1. "Sonny's Dream" - 7:33
  2. "Ballad for Samuel" - 4:22
  3. "The Black Apostles" - 5:52
  4. "The Golden Pearl" - 5:10
  5. "Daughter of Cochise" - 7:34
  6. "Sandy and Niles" - 5:26
  7. "The Golden Pearl" [alternate take] - 5:06 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Sonny's Dream" [alternate take] - 4:21 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Sonny Criss discography accessed September 7, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed September 7, 2012
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 319. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.