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Sonny Criss

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by Sonny Criss

Biography

William Criss, 23 October 1923, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 November 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Criss first came to prominence in Los Angeles in the mid-late 40s, playing with Howard McGhee, Billy Eckstine, Gerald Wilson and Jazz At The Philharmonic. One of the first alto saxophonists to absorb the lessons of Charlie Parker, Criss developed into a fluent, intense bebopper whom Ornette Coleman later described as ‘the fastest man alive’. In the mid-50s he worked with Buddy... Read more

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jazz
saxophone
bebop
hard bop
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