Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sonny Stitt [Prestige 1950/51]

Sonny Stitt is heard in his early prime throughout this CD, sticking to tenor on all but two of the 24 selections. Few could play bebop with Stitt's sincerity, quick reflexes and large vocabulary. He swings hard throughout the performances, most of which feature him as the only soloist. Three dull vocals aside (by the forgotten Teddy Williams and Larry Townsend), this gapfilling CD is highly recommended to fans of classic bebop.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Sonny Stitt
Prestige 1st Sessions, vol. 2 


1 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose) 2:26
2 Later (Stitt) 2:57
3 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller) 3:01
4 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk) 3:04
5 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli) 3:12
6 Touch of the Blues (Wilcox, George) 3:05
7 Count Every Star (Gallop, Coquatrix) 2:57
8 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:37
9 There'll Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon) 2:32
10 Blazin' (Stitt) 3:22
11 To Think You've Chosen Me (Benjamin, Weiss) 2:58
12 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton) 2:25
13 Our Very Own (Elliott, Young) 3:05
14 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:24
15 Nevertheless (Ruby) 2:49
16 Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren) 2:54
17 Imagination (VanHeusen, Burke) 3:23
18 Cherokee (Noble) 2:29
19 The Thrill of Your Kiss (Carpenter) 2:40
20 If the Moon Turns Green (Hanighen, Coates) 2:42
21 Down With It (Powell) 2:30
22 For the Fat Man (Carpenter) 2:54
23 Splinter (Carpenter) 2:38
24 Confessin' (Neiburg, Dougherty, Reynolds) 2:35

Feat. Kenny Drew, Tommy Potter, Art Blakey, Gene Ammons, Duke Jordan, Jo Jones, Gene Wright, Wesley Landers, Bill Massey, Matthew Gee, Junior Mance, Charles Bateman, Teddy Stewart, Sonny Stitt, etc...

Recorded between February 17, 1950 & August 14, 1951


duck said...

Thanks a lot Mel, I am a bit Stitt fan.

censusloss said...

This is a good boppin set I am getting to really love earlyish bop
not played by the big and obvious names
Thanks Mel

Graham C

Terry said...

Thank you Mel for this. I have Stitt's Bits & Kaleidoscope on LP but the tracks are worn so its good to hear the sides in pristine condition.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. Did not have.

jbl said...

This is the early version of the Metheny, McBride, Sanchez trio. There is only as far as I know the Ram's Head, Annapolis from October 2003. So it's a welcome addition. Thanks Mel.

jose luis said...

Muchas gracias Mel, hermoso disco, bien presentado.

jazzwallah said...

Hi Mel,
Can you please re-up this recording? Links are dead.