Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sonny Stitt Plays Johnny Richards & Quincy Jones

This CD set contains two of Sonny Stitt’s earliest, most important albums. Backing his superb work on alto and tenor are bands conducted by two of the finest jazz arrangers: Johnny Richards, and Quincy Jones in one of his first — and best — efforts in the field.
On the two sessions from 1953, Richards provides interestingly harmonized ensemble colours, and though Stitt gets most of the solo space, Kai Winding, Don Elliott, and the rhythm section also deliver some of the set’s most memorable moments. The 1955 sessions are, if anything, even better. Quincy Jones’s writing is crystal clear ; clean, swinging, and beautifully constructed. Stitt is again the main soloist, playing alto — his best instrument — but there are significant contributions from Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, and Jimmy Nottingham throughout.
With the power of his playing, the irresistible impact of his emotion, and the implacable certainty of his beat, Stitt proved to be the best of all those who blew directly in the Parker idiom.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/plays_arrangements_from_the_pen_of_johnny_richards_&_quincy_jones_2_lps_on_1_cd-cd-5505.html

Sonny Stitt
Plays Arrangements From The Pen
Of
Johnny Richards & Quincy Jones
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)

Tracks

1 Sancho Panza (Richards)  2 :57
2 Sweet and Lovely (Amheim, Daniels, obias)  2:58
3 If I Could Be with You (Johnson, Creamer)  2:21
4 Hooke’s Tours (Richards, Stitt)  2:50
5 Loose Walk (Stitt)  2:52
6 Pink Satin (Richards, Stitt)  2:57
7 Shine On Harvest Moon (Bayes, Norworth)  2:33
8 Opus 202 (Richards, Stitt)  2:46
9 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  3:27
10 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  3:26
11 Sonny’s Bunny (Stitt)  3:59
12 Love Walked In (Gershwin)  4:04
13 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron, Sigman)  4:30
14 Quince (Stitt)  6:59
15 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  4:20
16 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:10

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Personnel
[# 1-4] from the original Roost 10" LP "Sonny Stitt Playing Arrangements From The Pen Of Johnny Richards" (RLP 415)
Sonny Stitt - ts
Don Elliott - melph
Kai Winding - tb
Sid Cooper - ts & pic
George Berg - bs
Horace Silver - p
Charles Mingus - b
Don Lamond dr
Johnny Richards - cond & arr
Recorded at Coastal Recording, New York City ; March 18, 1953.
[# 5-8] from the original Roost 10" LP "Sonny Stitt Playing Arrangements From The Pen Of Johnny Richards" (RLP 415)
Sonny Stitt - as
Don Elliott - melph
Kai Winding - tb
Jerry Sanfino - ts & piccolo
George Berg - bs
Al Williams - p
Charles Mingus - b
Jo Jones - d
Santos Miranda - cng
Johnny Richards - cond & arr
Recorded at Fulton Studios, New York City ; November 16, 1953.
[# 9-12] from the original Roost 12" LP "Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From The Pen Of Quincy Jones" (LP 2204)
Sonny Stitt - as
Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal - tp
J.J. Johnson - tb
Anthony Ortega- fl & as
Seldon Powell - ts
Cecil Payne - bs
Hank Jones - p
Freddie Green - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Jo Jones - d
Quincy Jones - cond & arr
Recorded in New York City ; September 30, 1955.
[# 13-16] from the original Roost 12" LP "Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From The Pen Of Quincy Jones" (LP 2204)
Sonny Stitt - as
Thad Jones, Joe Newman -tp
Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Anthony Ortega - fl & as
Seldon Powell - ts
Cecil Payne - bs)
Hank Jones - p
Freddie Green - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Jo Jones - d
Quincy Jones - cond & arr
Recorded in New York City ; October 9, 1955

32 comments:

Mich Ing said...

Thanks! I have these on the Mosaic box but it is good to see them available this way, too. Magnificent music.

censusloss said...

Pure Quality - simple as that and thank you for the umpteenth time for what you offer to us, Mel

Graham

lena said...

Thank you this interesting ablbum and you Smithsonian-like archives on which I occasionally fall back as as refernce works.

Luis said...

Sonny Stitt:
Great album! Thank you for this post

rm said...

nerci beaucoup

swamielmo said...

thanks again melanchthon. your blog is the best. sonny stitt is a master.

J B said...

Great stuff here. Thanks for sharing this Sonny Stitt gem.

ita diegues said...

Thank you melanchthon.

Zape said...

Thank you Mel.

Jaffa said...

Wonderful post ! Thank you very much, Mel.

zardoz1984 said...

Thks Mel, you never get enough Stitt: musicians' musician if the expression has some meaning. Beside his technical excellence, he never failed to deliver smart grooves & high spirits. Know those records by heart but you can always go back to them & be uplifted. And that good old artwork is such a pleasure! Mosaic boxsets would have to include true size fac-similés of those beautiful covers. Too expensive I presume… Keep on groovin' Mel, you're the dude!

Bannister said...

Pink Satin est un effort éblouissant et le plus haut degré d'inspiration-conspiration Richards/Stitt. Ou l'art du Vitello-Tonnato selon Mélanchthon!

duck said...

Back again to find more great music, thanks Mel.

greenishthing said...

I LLLLLLLOOOOVVVVVE this!

many thanks once more!
yeeepee!!!!

Ric (in love with Stitt)

the doc said...

great stuff as usual, thanks

the doc

Baron said...

Thanks from the Baron

desperado said...

SUPER STUFF MEL , NOT ONLY THIS BUT EVERY OF YOUR POSTS. ONE REQUEST PLEASE [ PRETTY PLEASE THAT IS ] IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE SEE HERE SONNY STITT COMPLETE ROOST FROM MOSAIC? boy , that WILL BE GREAT . THANKSAGAIN FOR ALL THE GREAT STUFF . EL DESPERADO

ZM-JazzRock said...

Cher Mel,
Thanx for this marvelous album.
It makes my sunday happier.
Regards from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Otis Foster said...

Mel, thanks for digging this one out for us. This is new to me, look forward to listening at work today.

swamielmo said...

i have all the blue note except "squirrel, live at montmartre" . any chance of the steeplechase and black lion editions? great post.... thanks melanchthon

nlrp said...

merci for this share. it is a new one for me.

jazztap said...

merci

Jorge del Parque said...

Wonderful album ! Thank you very much, Melanchthon.

Frasco said...

Thank you Melanchthon for the opportunity to pick this Stitt on its n + 1 resurrection!

G Man said...

Thanks Mel, Stitt is always welcome!

James056 said...

What p/w do I use, please help.
Kind Regards,
James.

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deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Gracias Mel!

Mike said...

More great stuff! Thanks again.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You