The Joy of Sax/Warm and Sonny

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All Music Guide - Campbell
This two-fer CD combines the Sonny Criss 1976 album Warm and Sonny with Joy of Sax, released the following year. Originally these LPs were released separately on Impulse and are the last dates Criss released before passing away in 1977. Both albums find him playing with an electric rhythm section and the addition of strings and horns throughout. Most of the material is pleasant but forgettable, especially on the pop tunes of the era "The Way We Were," "You Are So Beautiful," "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing," and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." With the exception of a few tracks, and the addition of trumpeter Blue Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, these final albums ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
This two-fer CD combines the Sonny Criss 1976 album Warm and Sonny with Joy of Sax, released the following year. Originally these LPs were released separately on Impulse and are the last dates Criss released before passing away in 1977. Both albums find him playing with an electric rhythm section and the addition of strings and horns throughout. Most of the material is pleasant but forgettable, especially on the pop tunes of the era "The Way We Were," "You Are So Beautiful," "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing," and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." With the exception of a few tracks, and the addition of trumpeter Blue Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, these final albums aren't representative of Criss at his best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527809472
  • Catalog Number: 2780947
  • Sales rank: 268,430

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Criss Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Patrice Rushen Electric Piano
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Buddy Collette Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Bill King Piano, Electric Piano
Arnold Belnick Violin
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Bud Brisbois Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Percussion
Garnett Brown Trombone
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Sonny Burke Piano, Keyboards
Ronald Cooper Cello
Rollice Dale Viola
Chuck Domanico Bass, Acoustic Bass
Esmond Edwards Percussion
Scott Edwards Bass
James Gadson Drums
Winterton Garvey Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Harris Goldman Violin
Janice Gower Violin
Bill Green Flute, Bass Saxophone
Mitch Holder Guitar
Paul Hubinon Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Viola Jackson Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Barbara Korn French Horn
Carl LaMagna Violin
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Lew McCreary Bass Trombone
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Haim Shtrum Violin
George Thatcher Bass Trombone
Marcia Van Dyke Violin
Dorothy Wade Violin
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
William Henderson Violin
McKinley T. Jackson Clavinet, Horn Section
Raymond Jackson Trombone
Henry E. Davis Bass
George Bohanon Trombone
David Campbell Viola
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Robert Watt French Horn
Paul Polivnick Viola
Karen Jones Violin
David H. Speltz Cello
Charles Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Raymond J. Kelly Cello
Ernest J. Watts Tenor Saxophone
Charles Veal Jr. Violin, Concert Master
Alan Robinson French Horn
Dennyse Buffum Viola
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Maurice White Composer
Ray Bryant Composer
Sonny Criss Composer
Wes Montgomery Composer
Oliver Nelson Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger
Phil Spector Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Jeffrey Bowen Composer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Bruce Fisher Composer
John Golden Mastering
John Neal Engineer
Barney Perkins Engineer
Charles Stepney Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
McKinley T. Jackson rhythm arrangement, String Section
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Frank Mulvey Art Direction
Phil Wright Composer
Calvin Hardaway Composer
Peter Kaplan Cover Photo
Lois Walker Mastering
Phillip Wright Composer
Kathleen Wakefield Composer
Donald Baldwin Composer
Verdine Adams White Composer
Ian Bergman Composer
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