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listen  3. Elora (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Teapot (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Blue Mode (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. All God's Chillun Got RhythmSonny Stitt 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sonny SideSonny Stitt 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bud's BluesSonny Stitt 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. SunsetSonny Stitt 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Strike Up The BandSonny Stitt Quartet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. I Want To Be HappySonny Stitt Quartet 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Taking A Chance On LoveSonny Stitt Quartet 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Fine And Dandy (Take 1)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen19. AvalonSonny Stitt Quartet 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. LaterSonny Stitt Quartet 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ain't Misbehavin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Mean To MeSonny Stitt Quartet 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Stairway To The StarsSonny Stitt Quartet 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Bye ByeGene Ammons 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Let It BeGene Ammons 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  6. Touch Of The BluesTeddy Williams 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dumb Woman BluesTeddy Williams 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. ChabootieGene Ammons 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Who Threw The Sleeping Pills In Rip Van Winkle's Coffee?Gene Ammons 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gravy (aka Walkin')Gene Ammons 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Easy GlideGene Ammons 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Count Every StarSonny Stitt Quartet 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Nice Work If You Can Get ItSonny Stitt Quartet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. There Will Never Be Another YouSonny Stitt Quartet 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Blazin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Back In Your Own Back YardGene Ammons Band 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Sweet Jennie LouGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. La Vie En RoseGene Ammons Band 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Seven ElevenGene Ammons Band 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. To Think You've Chosen MeSonny Stitt Band 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. After You've GoneSonny Stitt Band 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Our Very OwnSonny Stitt Band 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. 'S WonderfulSonny Stitt Band 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Stringin' The JugGene Ammons 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Jeepers CreepersSonny Stitt Quartet 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. ImaginationSonny Stitt Quartet 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cherokee (Album Version)Sonny Stitt 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. JugGene Ammons Band 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. WowGene Ammons Band 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Blue And SentimentalGene Ammons Band 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Can't We Be FriendsSonny Stitt Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. New Blues Up And DownGene Ammons Band 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Thrill Of Your KissGene Ammons Band 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. If The Moon Turns GreenGene Ammons Band 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. P.S. I Love YouSonny Stitt Quartet 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. This Can't Be LoveSonny Stitt Quartet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Down With ItSonny Stitt Quartet 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. For The Fat ManSonny Stitt Quartet 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. SplinterSonny Stitt Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Confessin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. UndecidedGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes AlongGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Because Of RainGene Ammons Band 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. CharmaineGene Ammons Band 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Cool MamboSonny Stitt Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Sonny SoundsSonny Stitt Band 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen26. Stitt's ItSonny Stitt Band 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000FZET3O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This bop star tore it up on the alto, tenor and baritone sax, and you'll hear all three on this roundup of his complete 1949-1952 Prestige bebop recordings. You'll also hear Gene Ammons, Duke Jordan, Bud Powell and Max Roach as you dig Elora; Blue Mode; Sonny Side; Fine and Dandy; Avalon; Bye Bye; Gravy; La Vie en Rose; Confessin' beautiful stuff.

Sonny Stitt may be one of the most neglected figures of the bop era, a brilliant alto saxophonist unjustly overlooked for his stylistic resemblance to Charlie Parker. But as this exemplary three-CD set demonstrates, Stitt was his own man, and his style could still serve as a definition of bop, his lithe, high-speed lines and effortless swing propelling him through complex chord changes and sometimes fractured rhythms. Stitt is heard in numerous settings here, from octet to quartet and from appearances with giants like trombonist J.J. Johnson and pianist Bud Powell to journeyman groups that still pulse with the vitality of jazz's first revolution. Stitt's fluid brilliance is as apparent on ballads and standards as it is on the kinetic bop tunes, and it readily translates to tenor saxophone. There are numerous tracks by the two-tenor band he co-led with Gene Ammons, highlighting the contrast between Stitt's swift, complex phrases and Ammons's gruff passion. --Stuart Broomer

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Thursday on September 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
great sounding reissue of hall-of-fame "re-bop, or what you will" with some great jazzy r&b-ish sessions thrown in to boot. Obviously the Sonny quartets (and the J.J. stuff) are what put this over, but having them interspersed with some larger band sessions featuring Jug actually enhances overall listenability. As for the old vocals on a handful of cuts, I like this style a lot, but these don't always sound that great. Not too much of a problem really, as the music is always on point. You also get two of the all time top Bud Powell sessions. Harvey Pekar supplies the notes, and I guess he's a big enough deal nowadays to print that on the box. Even I must admit he does a really good job, better than most of the folks who write for these types of packages. In short, a box for the true believer. (aside from Bud Powell, J.J. Johnson, and Gene Ammons mentioned above, just some of the notable musicians included in this package are: Art Blakely, Nelson Boyd, Kenny Drew, Bennie Green, Jo Jones, Duke Jordan, Junior Mance, Earl May, Tommy Potter, Max Roach, Curly Russell, and Shadow Wilson.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on November 4, 2012
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A just great set. The price is certainly right. Stitt just plays great. Some of the recordings have crude sonics, but you will forget this as soon as you listen to the songs. Stitt just does not miss a beat. I have a number of these recordings on a mix of recordings. I paid more for them and they just are not as nice as this set.

I do have to say that Stitt seems to play perfectly. He is remarkable that way--even in live recordings. That being said, he often is not quite as interesting or unique as Charlie Parker.

Get it before it is gone.
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