Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sonny Stitt & Paul Gonsalves

This 72-minute CD starts off with one of the underrated gems of the 1960s, an exciting matchup by tenors Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves. Other than the brief throwaway "Theme from Lord of the Flies" (producer Bob Thiele's idea), this is very much a jam session set, with "Salt and Pepper" being a heated medium-tempo blues and the two competitive tenors stretching out on "S'posin'" and a lengthy "Perdido." Actually, the most memorable selection from the date is the one on which Stitt switches to alto, "Stardust." His beautiful playing behind Gonsalves' warm melody statement raises the session to the classic level. Also included on this consistently exciting CD is a Sonny Stitt quartet set originally titled Now ! Although Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor) recorded scores of quartet sessions, he sounds particularly inspired here, especially on such offbeat material as "Estralita," the Dixieland standard "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," and "My Mother's Eyes." Highly recommended to bebop and straight-ahead jazz fans.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfyxqugldhe

Sonny Stitt
 Paul Gonsalves
Salt and Pepper


1 Salt and Pepper (Gonsalves, Stitt) 7:49
2 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf) 6:18
3 Theme from Lord of the Flies (Leppard) 2:25
4 Perdido (Drake, Lengsfelder, Tizol) 12:37
5 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish) 6:05
6 Surfin' [*] (Stitt) 4:08
7 Lester Leaps In [*] (Young) 6:20
8 Estralita [*] (Public Domain) 3:14
9 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone [*] (Clare, Stept) 4:31
10 Touchy [*] (Stitt) 5:10
11 Never ---SH! [*] (Stitt) 5:03
12 My Mother's Eyes [*] (Baer, Gilbert) 4:05
13 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You [*] (Bassman, Washington) 4:14

Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Paul Gonsalves - ts [# 1-5]
Hank Jones - p
Milt Hinton - b [# 1-5]
Al Lucas - b [# 6-13]
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 5 [# 1-5] and June 10 [# 6-13], 1963


laconico said...

Sonny Stitt is always welcome.
Thanks Mel.

MrBill said...

Thanks for the Pual Gonsalves/Sonny Stitt! A great combination.

grumpy said...

Many thanks, a welcome upgrade of a great recording.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel thanx for this spicy sound.
They really sounds like salt and pepper, they match (while contrasting) like ebony and ivory. This is a must-have for any jazz admirer.
Regards from Brazil.

neil said...

Sounds a winning combination, Mel. Many thanks...

rog said...

Incredible stuff Mel !

Thinktoomuch said...

Is there a PassWord for this one?
Thanks, Thinktoomuch

duck said...

More thanks Mel, Stitt is a favourite.

jazzlover said...

Gorgeous post Mel,cheers!!

jazzlover said...

Gorgeous post Mel,cheers!!

BlueNote97 said...

¡Hola Mel!
Great choice! Wonderful, round, warm Stitt's sound! I have extremely enjoyed it.
Thank you very much.

bobbysu said...

thank you so much

swamielmo said...

it's really beautiful. thanks mel..

Melanchthon said...


tiritiuk said...

Visiting this place is always rewarding!! Many Thanks

woolfnotes said...

I'm going through a bit of a Gonsalves phase. Any chance of re-upping this one?