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Sonny Side Up Original recording remastered
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, 1986
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As soon as you hear "Sunny Side of the Street," you know you're in for a good time. It's a great, joyful song that's enlivened by Dizzy's appealingly fractured vocal. "Eternal Triangle" is appropriately named as all three of these great improvisers fire up zesty solos made in hard bop heaven. The contrast of sounds between the tenors and Gillespie's darting trumpet is wonderful.
My favorite cut, however, is a definitive blues workout, "After Hours." It's a classic approach that allows the horns to play the set refrain together, and then bow out on a recurring vamp, leaving one soloist to take his turn blowing the blues. None of the three horns gets cheated. Pianist Ray Bryant enriches the mix, not only with a fine solo but with his perfect comping.
This is one of those releases that I've never gotten tired of. It's a classic from three of the premier practitioners of bop, each of whom help to bring out the best in one another. A must for any serious jazz collection.
Diz, Newk and Stitt are at the pinnicle of their creative careers. Dizzy is like bubbling oiled fire. Rollins...raw, biting, searching. Stitt...smooth as butter, funny, fast. One of the two strokes of genius on this date...the pairing of these two tenor titans. Their styles are so totally different yet they compliment one another.
The other stroke of genius is the use of blues oriented jazz pianist Ray Bryant who adds a solid mood that anchors this session.
"On The Sunny Side Of The Street" opens the set at a business man's bounce. Stitt takes the first solo followed by Diz using a Harmon mute. Rollins jumps in with all fours and the out melody is sung by (who else) Dizzy embelishing the lyrics with "Dizzyisms".
A Stitt original "The Eternal Triangle" flys. Faster than my metronome (208). Stitt takes the first solo and is off. The ideas just gush out. His tone is so beautiful and his rhythm is right on the money. Dizzy and Rollins throw in shout riffs behind him to build the energy. Stitt's solo ends when Rollins busts through the door and they begin trading "fours". As Joe Bob Briggs might say..."then they got pissed". Each tries to outdo the other and succeeds, the result is an exremely exciting and climactic romp through this tune.Read more ›
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The first song is good. But it feels like more of a competition than an album.Published 13 months ago by Brendan Farrell
"After Hours" enough said!!!!!! !, a fmr WEA Salesman NYC, was blown away from the first note to the end. It gets "Mo Gooda" each time I listen to it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jamie
A classic. If you've never heard the original of Eternal Triangle, you owe it to yourself. The solos are just ridiculous, and based on Rhythm Changes.
I already rated this CD. However, it was a great listen. The performance was tops and they were on top of their game! It was a fine addition to the music I already have. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stanley Zilinski
This is a fun album that clocks in at just under thirty eight minutes. What makes this special - aside form Dizzy and the two Sonnys - is the rhythm section led by Ray Bryant. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Mike Tarrani
My Tanya and my Onya enjoys this as long as it's not loud in the car,but when I'm alone the Sonny Side stays up.This is a very classic price of music.Try it you'll like it!Published on February 24, 2014 by Anthony Kirby