Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Sonny Side Of Stitt - Roost Recordings (1959-1960)

Sonny Stitt arrived on the New York City scene as an unmistakably Parker-inspired alto man. For over ten years, though, he earned a second identification as a driving and well-equipped tenor soloist who had other influences in his make-up, most notably Lester Young. And from the late Fifties until the early Sixties, while recording several quartet albums, Stitt was blowing as much alto and tenor as ever.
He would wander into a recording studio with a pickup rhythm section and just play, as he did on these four consecutive albums with pianist Jimmy Jones. Because he was a through-going professional, a nimble improviser, and because he played with amazing consistency, they convey the fine feeling of easy rapport between Stitt and his rhythm section.
He sails through a handful of standards and a few blues tunes with polished, swinging authority and an unparalleled, incendiary, gutsy drive. He had a simple credo. “Don’t play too fast, and don’t play too long. Play three choruses — if you can’t make it in three, man, you can’t make it at all.”
His credo is stamped all over these magnificent sessions.

Source :

Sonny Stitt
The Sonny Side Of Stitt
Feat. Jimmy Jones
(4 Lps On 2 Cds)


Cd. 1

A Little Bit of Stitt

1 When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along) (Woods)  2:48
2 For All We Know (Lewis, Coots)  3:06
3 I’m Confessin’ That I Love You (Daugherty, Reynolds, Neiberg)  3:19
4 Cocktails for Two (Johnston, Coslow)  3:38
5 Star Eyes (Raye, DePaul)  3:39
6 On a Slow Boat to China (Loesser)  3:21
7 Laura (Raskin, DePaul)  3:39
8 J. B. Blues (Stitt)  3:56
9 Don’t Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  2:55
10 After the Late, Late Show (Stitt)  3:56


The Sonny Side Of Stitt

11 Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer)  2:46
12 Don’t Worry 'Bout Me (Bloom, Koehler)  2:50
13 I’ll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnson)  3:42
14 Day by Day (Kahn, Stordahl, Weston)  3:29
15 Red Top (Kynard, Hampton)  3:50
16 Moonray (Shaw, Madison, Quinser)  2:57
17 Old Fashioned Blues (Stitt)  4:42
18 I Never Knew (Carroll)  4:26
19 Hitsburg (Stitt)  4:22


Stittsville (1)

20 Angel Eyes (Dennis, Brent)  3:08
21 It All Depends on You (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson)  2:47

Cd. 2

Stittsville (2)

1 Stormy Thursday (Stitt)  3:22
2 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:35
3 It Could Happen to You (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:23
4 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:07
5 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  5:09
6 I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me) (Arnhein, Lyman, Freed)  3:15
7 Bright as Snow (Stitt)  2:44
8 Spinning (Stitt)  2:26


Sonny Side Up

9 Sonny Side Up (Stitt)  2:31
10 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  3:53
11 The More I See You (Warren, Gordon)  3:38
12 Don’t Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  4:41
13 My Blue Heaven (Donaldson, Whiting)  2:37
14 My Mother’s Eyes (Baer, Gilbert)  3:44
15 When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Romberg, Hammerstein)  3:00
16 Bye Bye Blues (Lown, Gray, Bennett, Hamm)  5:00
17 I’ve Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler)  5:07


Stitt in Orbit

18 Beware Rocks Comin’ Down (*) (Stitt)  6:52
19 Six-O-Seven Blue (*) (Stitt)  6:07

(*) Bonus Tracks


Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Jimmy Jones - p
Aaron Bell - b [Cd. 1, # 1-10 & Cd. 2, # 9-19]
Charlie Persip [Cd. 1, # 1-10] or Roy Haynes - dr [Cd. 1, #11-21 & Cd. 2]
Uncredited bass & drums players [Cd. 1, # 11-21 & Cd. 2 # 1-8]

Recorded in New York City ; [CD 1, # 1-10] Nola Studios, April 10, 1959 ; [CD 1, # 11-19 September 21, 1959 ; [CD 1, # 20-21 & CD 2, tracks #1-8 same location as #11-19), but recorded on June or July, 1960 ; [CD 2, # 9-19 recorded at Bell Sound Studios ; August 8, 1960

Sources Cd. 1 :
Tracks [# 1-10] originally issued on the 12" LP "A Little Bit of Stitt" (Roost SLP 2235) ; [# 11-19] originally issued on the 12" LP "The Sonny Side of Stitt" (Roost SLP 2240) ; [# 20-21] originally issued on the 12" LP "Stittsville" (Roost SLP 2244).
Sources Cd. 2 :
Tracks [# 1-8] originally issued on the 12" LP "Stittsville" (Roost SLP 2244) ; [# 9-17] originally issued on the 12" LP "Sonny Side Up" (Roost SLP 2245) ; [# 18-19] taken from the 12" LP "Stitt in Orbit" (Roost SLP 2252).


philojack said...


rm said...

merci beaucoup!!

The Jackal said...

Mel, incredible

Sonny left nothing in the horn, man his sax worked hard.

happy said...

Thank you, these sides are stunning

desperado said...


Jan said...

Thanks from Russia

swingingduck said...

Many thanks for the Stitt.

nlrp said...

merci par le Stitt.

Otis Foster said...

thnx for this nice aggregation of Sonny's work.


deGallo said...

Thank you.

swamielmo said...

hola mel, thanks from mexique

trane said...

Thanks for Stitt!

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

tvine said...

Hello! Can someone tell me the password for these records, or how to get it....?

I can't find it anywhere on the site.

Many thanks...


flat5 said...

pass: melanchthon

Some or all of these records were first released with no personal.

Before the internet and actually recently, I had wondered for 50 who was in the rhythm section on Stittsville :-)

dewhy said...

je vous remarche.

rubberduck said...

Sonny Stitt - Side of Stitt

Thanks Mel, this will complete my Stitt collection...


jazztap said...


Spartacus said...

Thanks Mel,An excellent cd.

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j cline said...

Thanks for this rip. But Rapidshare is stuffing around too too much with selective permissions. The other file sharing bods are like wet paper bags - anything you put through them fall right through and a vacuum persists. Still must give you cent percent for choice material and such stuff that a 12 inch pizza addict like moi gulps down in pints. Bravo "Capitan".

Albertito Jazz said...

Marvellous Stitt in this records. Thanks, Señor Melanchton!

jbl said...

ALL Sonny Stitt albums are worth having, but I personnally think that his Roost/Verve period in the 50's & 60's is probably his most fruitful. Thanks Mel for another wonderful collection

ruperberger said...

Gracias Mel!!!

jose arboleda said...


Peter said...

Merci - pour les contributions de Jimmy Jones aussi!

Mike said...

Nice stuff! Merci.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice post. Thank you Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel, that's a great album.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Tom Billisson said...

Thanks so much.

Starchild said...

Many thanks!