Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New York Jazz - Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt was so closely identified with Charlie Parker on the alto that even when he played tenor, his style was of the quicker-than-lightning variety with all the notes he could pack in a phrase in his soloing. Which makes listening to him, for all but the most ardent bebop fans, an endurance contest no matter how agile he was. Here, in a 1956 session with Ray Brown and Jo and Jimmy Jones backing him, there is some tempering of the maelstrom that Stitt conjured up on every bandstand. Half the program is ballads, including "The Stars Fell on Alabama," a gorgeous "Body & Soul," and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." While these cuts show an uncharacteristic restraint from Stitt, the midtempo tunes, such as "Down Home Blues," "Alone Together," and "If I Had You," still reveal his insistence on streaking everything into the blue despite a rhythm section that wishes to hold the tunes within recognizable tempos. It's no problem for Stitt ; he just plays twice or three times as fast. This is a good session, but like all of Stitt's records, wears thin after about six cuts.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/new-york-jazz-r148158

 
Sonny Stitt
New York Jazz

Tracks

1 Norman's Blues (Stitt)  2:43
2 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  4:29
3 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  6:19
4 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  4:54
5 Twelfth Street Rag (Bowman)  3:34
6 Down Home Blues (Funky Blues) (Jackson, Stitt)  5:13
7 Sonny's Tune (Stitt)  5:32
8 Stars Fell on Alabama (Parish, Perkins)  4:11
9 Body & Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  4:31
10 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  4:37

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Personnel
Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Jimmy Jones - p
Ray Brown - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; September 14, 1956

24 comments:

hamfat said...

Thanks for the Stitt (NY Jazz). I love the reviewer who says that, like all of Stitt's albums it wears thin after 4 or 5 cuts. What albums do you think he is listening to?

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Bill said...

Many thanks!

Otis Foster said...

mel - thnx as always, but I'm getting a 'temporarily unavailable' message in JDownloader

The Jackal said...

Mel, thanks for stretching the catalogue again, Sonny Stitt getting a complete picture of his attack on just about every standard written, fantastic reference for any Sax player or musician

deGallo said...

Thank you from a big Stitt fan.

Danneau said...

Mel, un grand merci pour un post extra.

Goofy said...

Nice, nice, nice!!

jazztap said...

merci

glinka21 said...

I love the variety of criticisms you quote. This one, with it's comment about "like a Stitt's records," wearing thin after about six cuts, is choice. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion, but his is so far outside it probably would've needed to be phoned into his editor from the planet Neptune.

Again, thanks for the upload!

Melanchthon said...

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musician3 said...
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musician3 said...

AMAZING.........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Benjamin Riley said...

Thanks for this, Mel. Sonny Stitt never wears thin, and I have many of his albums.

gullo said...

Wonderful. Thank you!

Mike said...

Good stuff! Thanks.

K@ said...

Gracias Mel por tu post

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for this one, even if there's no guitarist :-)

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Marvellous music
Thank you very much, Mel
Pedro

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!....

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
A lot of merci
Pedro

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!