This Is Criss!

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This is Criss!
This is Criss!.jpg
Studio album by Sonny Criss
Released 1966
Recorded October 21, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:28
Label Prestige
Producer Don Schlitten
Sonny Criss chronology
Mr. Blues Pour Flirter
(1963)Mr. Blues Pour Flirter1963
This is Criss!
Portrait of Sonny Criss
(1967)Portrait of Sonny Criss1967

This is Criss! is an album by saxophonist Sonny Criss recorded in 1966 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars with its review by Stephen Cook stating, "Sonny Criss qualifies as one of the most overlooked giants of West Coast jazz. His sound -- like most alto players of the bebop and hard bop days -- was heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, but Criss still managed to forge an original style featuring a very original melodic bent with loads of bluesy underpinnings. The goods can be optimally previewed on this great Prestige date from 1966".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Coffee" (Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster) - 7:52
  2. "Days of Wine and Roses" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) - 3:20
  3. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) - 5:41
  4. "Greasy" (Walter Davis, Jr.) - 2:28
  5. "Sunrise, Sunset" (Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick) - 2:52
  6. "Steve's Blues" (Sonny Criss) - 6:23
  7. "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mercer) - 5:10
  8. "Love for Sale" (Cole Porter) - 6:25



  1. ^ Sonny Criss discography accessed September 10, 2012
  2. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic Review, accessed September 10, 2012