Very early work from Sonny Criss – cut during his young years in the LA bop scene, featuring a number of different groups all dating from 1947 to 1965. Criss does a fine job, blowing effortlessly in a style that's clearly Bird-inspired, but which has a raspy genius of its own. Players include Hampton Hawes
, Clark Terry, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, and Gil Barrios – and titles include "Blue N Boogie", "Ursula", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" with Damita Jo singing, "The Creep", "Blue Lou", "Body & Soul", "Out Of Nowhere", and "The Masquerade Is Over". 12 tracks in all.
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and some pen on back.)