Sonny Stitt: with the New Yorkers (1957) UK Vogue

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Original US release on Roost Records: The more observant will have picked up that the Roost cover photo of Stitt is transposed left to right. The art decision by Vogue is correct in my view – the eye follows the direction … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt: Personal Appearance (1957 Verve) HMV

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 Selection 1: Autumn in New York Selection 2: You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To Artists Sonny Stitt (alto, tenor saxophone) Bobby Timmons (piano) Edgar Willis (bass) Kenny Dennis (drums) recorded NYC, May 12, 1957 Music: Stitt recorded prolifically over … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt – Bud Powell – JJ Johnson (1949) Prestige

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To kick off, I have two vintage pressings for you to compare. One an original Prestige, the other, one of my native Esquire pressings, from US metalwork. Except there are a few twists along the way. Selection: Fine and Dandy Take 1 … Continue reading

Changing times: Sonny Stitt, 1950 and 1970

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It’s Time Travel Time, again Welcome on board this 24-7 Rolex Time Cruiser, bound for 1950. The crew will shortly be passing through the cabin with cocktails, cigarettes and bubblegum. Don’t forget, smoking is permitted on board, at any time. If you need a … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt Saxophone Supremacy (1960)

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Track Selection 1. (fast): Blue Smile (Stitt) Selection 2: (ballad, less fast): Lazy Bones (Mercer Carmichael) Artists Sonny Stitt (ts) Lou Levy (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Mel Lewis (d)  recorded 1960 Music Sonny not to be outdone, first there was Saxophone Colossus, then Tenor … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, JJ Johnson “S.P.J” (1949-50)

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Track Selections 1. Fine and Dandy (Take 1) 2. Blue Mode (Take 2) Artists J.J. Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (ts) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Max Roach (d) NYC, October 17, 1949 Sonny Stitt (ts) Bud Powell (p) Curly … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt Quartet “New York Jazz” (1956)

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Track Selection: Alone Together (Note. apologies, the closing bars of the track terminate abruptly. The track will be re-ripped when I next have acces to my vinyl) Artists Sonny Stitt (as, ts) Jimmy Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt “Only the Blues” (1957)

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Track Selection: The String Artists Roy Eldridge (tp) Sonny Stitt (as, ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 1957 Distinguished line up – Oscar Petersen tickling the ivories … Continue reading

Gillespie, Rollins, Stitt: “Sonny Side Up” (1957) Verve

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Track Selection: The Eternal Triangle (Stitt) Long and very fast (Podiatrist Advisory – foot-tap in moderation: do not exceed recommended number of taps per listening session) Artists Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet) Sonny Stitt (alto sax) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Ray Bryant (piano) Tommy Bryant (bass) … Continue reading

Sonny Stitt “Kaleidoscope” (1950)

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Track Selection: “Imagination” Artists Sonny Stitt (ts) Charlie Bateman (p) Gene Wright (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded NYC, January 31, 1951 Music The slow ballad tempo on “Imagination” neatly counterpoints Sitt’s fleet alto runs, and illustrates why he is often described as “one … Continue reading