Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sonny Stitt Plays Bird

Sonny Stitt forged his own approach to playing bebop out of the sound and style of Charlie Parker, so this tribute album was a very logical project. With fine support from guitarist Jim Hall, pianist John Lewis, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay, Stitt performs ten Charlie Parker compositions, plus Jay McShann's "Hootie Blues"; these renditions of "Now's the Time" and "Yardbird Suite" were previously unreleased. Stitt, who mastered bebop and could play hot licks in his sleep, is in top form on such numbers as "Constellation," "Confirmation" and "Ko-Ko," making this an essential item for straight-ahead jazz fans (although the prolific altoist would record eight other albums in 1963 alone). [Originally released in 1963 Stitt Plays Bird was reissued on CD in 2006 and contains bonus tracks.]
Scott Yanow

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Sonny Stitt
Stitt Plays Bird


 1 Now's the Time (Parker)  3:18
2 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker)  3:04
3 Parker's Mood (Parker)  4:19
4 Constellation (Parker)  3:16
5 Au Privave ( Parker)  2:39
6 Hootie Blues (McShann)  6:35
7 Confirmation (Parker)  4:35
8 Koko (Parker)  4:51
9 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  4:49
10 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  3:48
11 Ornithology (Harris, Parker)  3:39


Sonny Stitt - as
John Lewis - p
Jim Hall - g
Richard Davis - b
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in New York City ; January 29, 1963


Blue Eyes said...

Super album! many thanks Melanchthon for this upgrade!

squalo said...

great one! thank you vey much

Melanchthon said...

hepcat said...

Many thanks.

steve said...

Cool! I have been wanting to hear this Mel . . . Thanks!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!
I don't think I have this one, but that cover is mighty familiar looking to me.

jazzcat1228 said...

thank you, Mel!