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Mr. Blues Pour Flirter /Ecy

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Listen  1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. This Can't Be Love 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Early And Later Part 1 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Once In A While 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. On Green Dolphin Street 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Dating from 1963, Mr Blues Pour Flirter contains around three-quarters of the music recorded in Paris by Sonny Criss, one of the most unusual of post-Charlie Parker alto players. Rhythmically and tonally Criss owed more to Parker's predecessors, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges, but harmonically he did absorb some of Parker's more complex thinking. His tone, unique and instantly recognisable, was especially effective on ballads and blues and his initial impact in France derived from his contributions to a series generally titled "Blues Pour Flirter"--hence the title of this release. Georges Arvanitas, on organ as well as piano, provides the main support with guitarist Rene Thomas heard from occasionally. The repertoire consists mainly of standards, ranging from "St Louis Blues" to "On Green Dolphin Street", and Criss's committed improvisations are well captured by the clear recording. His three years in Paris were probably among the happiest of his rather troubled life and that can be sensed in this music. --Graham Colombé

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Criss away from home 25 Dec 2002
By N. Dorward - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This reissue finds Sonny Criss in Paris in 1963, with a very solid backing band of French musicians; according to the liner notes the album marked the start of Criss's 3-year sojourn in France. On this album Georges Arvanitas switches between piano & organ & sounds in fine form on both, & the disc also affords a fine glimpse of the ill-fated guitarist Rene Thomas. Criss demonstrates his possession of the most sheerly pretty sound among Bird's disciples (sounding like a hybrid of Parker & Johnny Hodges). He sounds good on all the tracks but really comes into its own on ballads like "Daydream" & "God Bless the Child". (The latter can be compared usefully with his later recording of the tune for Prestige on _Portrait of Sonny Criss_.) Other tracks include a rather breezy take on "Saint Louis Blues", a couple blues tracks called "Early and Later" (the 1st is faded out), & various other readings of standards--nothing too fancy, but nothing that sounds less than good.
I'm a little puzzled about this issue: I gather that there's another session dating from about the same time on which Criss recorded "Mr Blues pour flirter" but the title-track is actually omitted from this CD! Furthermore, the liner-notes indicate that Henri Renaud played piano on some of these sessions, yet he is not on any of the tracks on the disc. So I assume that this CD is only a partial issue of these sessions. One hopes that they will get more comprehensively & clearly reissued one of these days. Meanwhile, this is certainly worth a listen: if hardly a major session, it's an entirely enjoyable listen.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What a discovery 7 Mar 2007
By A. Lemert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I need a cigarette after track 14. I am a sax player (hobbyist, community band) and I had not heard of Sonny Criss before I took a chance on this CD. I will now be collecting the late Mr. Criss. What a tone: sweet and urgent. Just the kind of yearning and facility I would love to hear from my own playing. It is joy and sorrow, soaring and grovelling-- all the passion and tearing of a well-lived life-- all out of a horn! I am sad to see that again, one of these heavenly talents took his life too soon. Discover Sonny Criss for yourself!
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