Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sonny Stitt - Kaleidoscope

Deftly handling the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, bebop giant Sonny Stitt is heard to perfection here on a variety of early-'50s dates. Stitt not only shows off his patented speed throughout, but he goes a long way in dispelling criticisms of him being all fire and no grace. The 16-track disc kicks off with four tight, Latin-tinged swingers featuring an octet that includes trumpeter Joe Newman and timbales player Humberto Morales. Switching to piano quartet mode for the bulk of the disc, Stitt ranges effortlessly from frenetic blasts ("Cherokee") to golden-hued ballads ("Imagination"). Capping off the set with four bonus cuts featuring the likes of Gene Ammons and Junior Mance, Stitt delivers one of the top sets of performances from the late bebop era.
Stephen Cook

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Sonny Stitt


1 Stitt's It (Massey, Stitt) 2:35
2 Cool Mambo (Massey, Stitt) 2:40
3 Blue Mambo (Massey, Stitt) 2:25
4 Sonny Sounds (Massey, Stitt) 2:29
5 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) 3:02
6 Later (Stitt) 3:00
7 P.S. I Love You (Jenkins, Mercer) 3:00
8 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers) 2:47
9 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen) 3:24
10 Cherokee (Noble) 2:33
11 Can't We Be Friends ? (James, Swift) 2:41
12 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn) 2:45
13 To Think You've Chosen Me (Benjamin, Wess) 3:11
14 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton) 2:25
15 Our Very Own (Elliott, Young) 3:05
16 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:24

Feat. Sonny Stitt, Joe Newman, John Hunt, Bill Massey, Matthew Gee, Gene Ammons, John Houston, Kenny Drew, Charlie Bateman, Junior Mance, Teddy Stewart, Shadow Wilson, Art Blakey, Gene Wright, etc...

Recorded on March 25, 1952 [# 1-4] ; [#5-6] February 17, 1950 ; [# 7-8] February 1, 1951 ; [# 9-10] December 15, 1950 ; [# 11-12] January 31, 1951 ; [# 13-16] October 8, 1950

All selections recorded in New York City


carrolin said...

Hi Mel , I am happy with your return

jackalope said...

I second that! (Happy to see you back on line!)

dS said...

glad to see you back! I hope all is well...

moha said...

Nice to be here again!

Anselmo said...

I hope that is forver

duck said...

well Mel, I too am very happy to see you back. There is no mistaking the sadness when you are away.
Thank you again for all this wonderful music, this old musician is forever grateful

brian said...

Thanks, you're back!

ZM-JazzRock said...

Chér Mel,
Thank you (so much) for these two Sonny Stitt's albums. For me, he was one of the greatest saxophone player, with a very unique sound signature.
Nice choice for a great comeback. I'm sure all SVNV friends will enjoy these gems.
Regards from Sao Paulo, Brésil.
-- zm

Kovina Kris said...

Great post as usual Mel. And thank you extra for the awesome artwork that you always include, even giving us the original 10" LP artwork in this case! Your blog is just too fine Mel.

neil said...

An extremely welcome return, Mel; and thanks for the opportiny -- once again -- to upgrade my mp3s...

Terry said...

And thanks once again for Sonny Stitt.

Melanchthon said...

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Sonny Stitt is absolutely my man!!!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.