Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Digitally remastered from the original tapes. Deluxe packaging with a 16-page booklet with original liner notes and new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken plus restored artwork, photos and session notes. Supervised by original producer and Xanadu label head Don Schlitten. First CD reissue in over 10 years.
Personnel: Sonny Criss (alto saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Lenny McBrowne (drums).
Audio Mixer: Paul Goodman .
Liner Note Authors: Mark Gardner ; Zev Feldman; Ted Panken.
Recording information: Wally Heider's Studio, Hollywood, California (03/01/1975).
Director: Don Schlitten.
Photographer: Morty Yoss.
Just a week after recording the classic Crisscraft for Muse, altoist Sonny Criss made the nearly equal Saturday Morning for Xanadu. Assisted by the great bop pianist Barry Harris, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Lenny McBrowne, Criss performs four superior if often-overlooked standards -- "Angel Eyes," "Tin Tin Deo," "My Heart Stood Still," and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" -- his blues "Jeannie's Knees," and one of his better originals, "Saturday Morning." Criss, an underrated altoist who was instantly recognizable within three notes, was neglected during long portions of his career but he did leave behind several memorable recordings, such as this one. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow