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Stitt's Bits - BeBop Recordings 1949-1952 [3 CD Box Set] Box set, Original recording remastered

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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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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Afternoon In Paris (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Afternoon In Paris (Take 2)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Elora (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Elora (Take 2)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Teapot (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Teapot (Take 2)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Blue Mode (Take 1)Jay Johnson's Boppers 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Blue Mode (Take 2)Jay Johnson's Boppers 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. All God's Chillun Got RhythmSonny Stitt 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Sonny SideSonny Stitt 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bud's BluesSonny Stitt 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. SunsetSonny Stitt 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Strike Up The BandSonny Stitt Quartet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Strike Up The Band (Alternate)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. I Want To Be HappySonny Stitt Quartet 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Taking A Chance On LoveSonny Stitt Quartet 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Fine And Dandy (Take 1)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Fine And Dandy (Take 2)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. AvalonSonny Stitt Quartet 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. LaterSonny Stitt Quartet 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Ain't Misbehavin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Mean To MeSonny Stitt Quartet 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Stairway To The StarsSonny Stitt Quartet 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Bye ByeGene Ammons 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Let It BeGene Ammons 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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  1. Blues Up And Down (Take 1)Gene Ammons 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Blues Up And Down (Take 2)Gene Ammons 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Blues Up And Down (Take 3)Gene Ammons 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. You Can Depend On Me (Take 1)Gene Ammons 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You Can Depend On Me (Take 2)Gene Ammons 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Touch Of The BluesTeddy Williams 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Dumb Woman BluesTeddy Williams 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. ChabootieGene Ammons 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Who Threw The Sleeping Pills In Rip Van Winkle's Coffee?Gene Ammons 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Gravy (aka Walkin')Gene Ammons 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Easy GlideGene Ammons 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Count Every StarSonny Stitt Quartet 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Nice Work If You Can Get ItSonny Stitt Quartet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. There Will Never Be Another YouSonny Stitt Quartet 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Blazin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Back In Your Own Back YardGene Ammons Band 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Sweet Jennie LouGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. La Vie En RoseGene Ammons Band 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Seven ElevenGene Ammons Band 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. To Think You've Chosen MeSonny Stitt Band 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. After You've GoneSonny Stitt Band 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Our Very OwnSonny Stitt Band 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. 'S WonderfulSonny Stitt Band 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Stringin' The JugGene Ammons 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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  1. Jeepers CreepersSonny Stitt Quartet 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. ImaginationSonny Stitt Quartet 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Cherokee (Album Version)Sonny Stitt 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. 'Round About One A.M.Gene Ammons Band 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. JugGene Ammons Band 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. WowGene Ammons Band 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Blue And SentimentalGene Ammons Band 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Can't We Be FriendsSonny Stitt Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. New Blues Up And DownGene Ammons Band 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Thrill Of Your KissGene Ammons Band 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. If The Moon Turns GreenGene Ammons Band 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. P.S. I Love YouSonny Stitt Quartet 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. This Can't Be LoveSonny Stitt Quartet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Down With ItSonny Stitt Quartet 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. For The Fat ManSonny Stitt Quartet 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. SplinterSonny Stitt Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Confessin'Sonny Stitt Quartet 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. UndecidedGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes AlongGene Ammons Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Because Of RainGene Ammons Band 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. CharmaineGene Ammons Band 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Cool MamboSonny Stitt Band 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Sonny SoundsSonny Stitt Band 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Blue MamboSonny Stitt Band 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Stitt's ItSonny Stitt Band 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 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: #250,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry D. on November 18, 2014
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