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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1959 album including bonus tracks. This rare and splendid album received a four-star rating from Down Beat magazine upon it's release. It features Stitt playing arrangements by Giuffre (who joins him on tenor sax on four tracks) on a variety of Blues and well-known standards. As a bonus, Stitt's complete 1959 album, a Little Bit of Stitt, which also contains a version of 'Laura'. 20 tracks. American Jazz Classics.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New York Blues
  2. Giuff
  3. Laura
  4. Sonny Boy
  5. Country
  6. Singin' In The Rain
  7. Uptown
  8. Downtown
  9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  10. Two For Timbucktu
  11. Star Eyes
  12. Laura
  13. J.B. Blues
  14. On A Slow Boat To China
  15. Cocktails For Two
  16. I'm Confessin'
  17. When The Red, Red Robin
  18. Don't Take Your Love From Me
  19. After the Late, Late Show
  20. For all We Know


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002XVZ1NK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Edward "Sonny" Stitt was never considered an innovator and often accused of merely playing in the shadow of Charlie Parker simply offering a string of Parker influenced be-bop cliches. This criticism was a prime motivator in his switching from alto to tenor saxophone. Much of his recorded work was admittedly loosely organized "blowing sessions" with little structure and often in the company of less than stellar rhythm sections. On the other hand his recorded discography is filled with outstanding sessions on Prestige, Muse, Roost, Roulette and Verve in particular. Stitt proved to be a master of the alto and tenor saxophone with often blinding virtuosity capable of holding his own with the finest jazz musicians of the late 40's up until his death from cancer in 1982. A muscular swinger he understood the roots of the blues as well as the harmonic complexities of be-bop. Never found lacking when genuinely challanged Stitt was a formidable opponent usually able to match you note for note and phrase for phrase. When he "came to play" few were his equal.

This recording long out of print and not previously issued on CD is a welcome addition to the Stitt discography. Originally recorded in 1959 this west coast session finds Stitt in fine lyrical as well as rhythmic form. Guiffre's lean and harmonically sophisticated charts provide a unique framework for the be-bop oriented Stitt who swings hard throughout particularly on alto. He is also in the company of two of the best west coast jazzmen of the period in the presence of trombonist Frank Rosolino and trumpeter Jack Sheldon who unfortunately for some reason do not have solo space? This is first rate jazz and superior music making. In simple terms ...like Sonny it swings!
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It happens over and over again. Whenever I think I've collected the last LP recorded by the amazingly prodigious "Lone Wolf," he fakes me out by revealing yet another album in his staggering discography. Many jazz followers--even Stitt fans--might be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the discovery of this unlikely album and going no further. When the jazz "Coastal wars" were at their peak, it was customary to hear numerous fans of hard bop and the East Coast sound denigrate and dismiss much West Coast jazz as, at best, a pale reflection of the real deal. Giuffre was mercilessly dismissed as a wimpy clarinetist totally devoid of "soul." By contrast, a cadre of serious players concentrated on mastering all of the musical ideas of Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, and the "most perfect" saxophonist of them all, Sonny Stitt. From his full bodied but "true" and uncluttered tone to the complexity and unfailing logic of his constructions, he was the exemplary, textbook player, the place for any aspiring young saxophonist to begin--in some minds (including Sonny's) the equal of Bird, but a more "accessible" Bird (though Oscar Peterson once called him the most difficult, or deceptive, soloist to accompany because of the intricacy of his rhythmic conceptions). And though he could hold his own with any tenor saxophonist in the business (listen to his Verve sessions with Rollins and Getz), I've always felt that Sonny reached his greatest creative heights on alto rather than tenor.

Were there a sufficiently large audience for the music, this album could very well emerge as a revisionist if not revolutionary find.
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really a great find and like the other reviewers here, a welcome and surprising find. I too have and had many, many Sonny Stitt albums. But not this one, never even heard of it.

Sonny Stitt is always a pleasure to hear. Even though he has perhaps more albums than anyone in jazz, the quality if usually at a very high level. This is a good one.

I thought I was getting the Fresh Sound pressing, but somehow or other I got one on the American Jazz Classics label, and it offers a bonus album as well!

Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements- It is West Coast, which I surmise is unusual for Sonny. Jimmy Giuffre arrangements and some great tenor from him as well. The tunes Giuffre play on are mostly in an exchange format with Sonny, and it’s real cool in stereo; you can hear the tenor on the left and Sonny’s alto on the right. Jack Sheldon on trumpet and Frank Rosolino or trombone give the arrangements some great pizazz, fullness and rhythm for Sonny to work off. Jimmy Rowles, Buddy Clark and Lawrence Marable form a superb rhythm section, all top cats (Lee Katzman, Jack Sheldon (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Al Pollen (tuba), Sonny Stitt (as & ts), Jimmy Giuffre (ts, arr, dir), Jimmy Rowles (p), Buddy Clark (b) and Lawrence Marable (d)).

The tunes are a nice mix of standards and originals, some of which are blues. Singin’ in the Rain is just lovely as the horn section lays down some lovely lines for Sonny to play off. Same for the Ellington gem I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart. As the saying goes, “it’s all good”; it really is!

But the surprise is that after the first 10 songs, you get a bonus album, A Little Bit of Stitt, a Roost album and also from 1959!

01. New York Blues (Giuffre) 3:54
02. Giuff (Stitt) 2:54
03.
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