Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues & The Hard Swing

The Blues and Sonny Stitt always had a smooth and engrossing partnership. These performances live up to their full potential, with Stitt in excellent form, at his most sparkling : quick fingers, a nimble musical mind, a well-developed ear, fine sense of time, attractive sound, and good intonation. He was a swinger full of energy, with unusual technical facility. But even when he was a lot closer to Charlie Parker, he always had things of his own to say : such a lyrical player could never be accurately labeled just a Parker clone or a “hard swinger.” Either way, he always injected much life into his playing, displaying his considerable virtuosity, blues feeling, and controlled emotion.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/blows_the_blues_+_the_hard_swing_2_lps_on_1_cd-cd-5417.html

Sonny Stitt
Blows The Blues
The Hard Swing
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 Blue Devil Blues (Stitt)  4:23
2 Home Free Blues (Stitt)  4:19
3 Blue Prelude (Jenkins, Bishop)  3:03
4 Frankie and Johnny (trad.)  5:28
5 Birth of the Blues (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson)  5:53
6 A Blues Offering (Stitt)  4:01
7 Hymnal Blues (Stitt)  6:03
8 Mornin’ after Blues (Stitt)  2:58
9 Blues for Lester (Stitt)  4:18
10 After You’ve Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:42
11 Street of Dreams (Lewis, Young)  2:37
12 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  4:57
13 Presto (Stitt)  3:22
14 Tune Up (Davis)  4:02
15 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:03
16 What’s New ? (Haggart, Burke)  3:39
17 Subito (Stitt)  3:54
18 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  4:06
19 I’ll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  4:33


[# 1-8] from "Sonny Stitt Blows The Blues" (Verve MG VS-6149 / Stereo)
Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Lou Levy - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; December 2 [# 1 & 6], & 22 [# 2-5, 7-8], 1959
[# 9-19] from "The Hard Swing" (Verve MG VS-6038 / Stereo)
Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Amos Trice - p
George Morrow - b
Lennie McBrowne - dr
Recorded in New York ; February 9, 1959

Sonny Stitt led a number of excellent record dates in 1959, especially at the end of the year when he produced three LPs for Verve over a span of three sessions with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis. Playing alto sax throughout this album, Stitt hardly sounds like a Charlie Parker clone, something that unfortunately was a frequent claim by tin-eared critics throughout a fair portion of his career. The music includes several potent originals, especially "Hymnal Blues" (which is based on an old hymn) and the slow, powerful "Morning After Blues." Even an old warhorse like "Frankie and Johnnie" (which actually dates back to the early 1800s, according to liner note writer Leonard Feather) sounds fresh in the quartet's hands, with great solos by Stitt, Levy, and Vinnegar. This long out of print set will be tough to locate in either format."
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/sonny-stitt-blows-the-blues-mw0000907077


jgaldabini said...

Thanks, Mel. I haven't heard this one before.

John Pickworth said...

Thanks again Mel !

Rodney said...

Thank you, mel.

deGallo said...

Great upgrade! Thank you.

neil said...

Many thanks, mel, for the opportunity to upgrade my "Blows the Blues" mp3s...

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post, Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you as (always)


Great stuff, as always. Thanks Mel

steve said...

Thanks Mel . . . I had seen both of these before but had not heard them since I had been concentrating on his Prestige work!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

stringbender said...

Great post - Thanks so much!!

Descargador said...

Como la mayoría... haciendo upgrade de este álbum. Muchas gracias por el upload!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!

egroj jazz said...


Paco's brother said...

Merveilleux Sonny Stitt!

rubberduck said...

MAny thanks Mel, The hard SSwing was missing in my collection

Melanchthon said...


Mike said...

Looks great! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Sonny's always be one of my favorite player.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Welcome back and Thanks.

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jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!