Monday, May 29, 2017

Sonny Stitt - Low Flame & Feelin's

This release presents two complete original albums showcasing Sonny Stitt (1924-1982) in a quartet setting with organist Don Patterson : Low Flame (Jazzland JLP971 ; 1962) and Feelin’s (Roost LPS2247 ; 1962). Patterson (born on July 22, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio ; he died on February 10, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) began playing piano at an early age and was heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith play the instrument, and during the early ‘60s, he began playing regularly with Stitt. Patterson started releasing material as a leader on Prestige Records in 1964 (with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen). His most commercially successful album was Holiday Soul (1964), which reached #85 on the Billboard 200 in 1967. Patterson’s troubles with drug addiction hobbled his career in the 1970s, during which time he lived in Gary, Indiana, and occasionally recorded for Muse Records. He moved to Philadelphia during the ‘80s, where he made a small comeback, but his health deteriorated over the course of the decade, and he died there in 1988.
On the two LPs presented here, the group is completed by Paul Weeden on guitar and Billy James on drums. While Stitt and Patterson cut plenty of albums together, the sessions on this CD mark the entire recorded output by this exact quartet, which was Stitt’s working band at the time. “Don, Paul and I were the house band at EdgehiIl’s in Atlantic City", recalled Billy James. “l’m from Pittsburgh, and I met Don in Cleveland, then went to New York in 1960. Paul had worked with Wild Bill Davis and he knew about the New Jersey shore music scene. So we ended up at Edgehill’s. Sonny was hired to work there, to play with The Three Sounds, but he said he’d rather work with us. And so we got to know him. He was like a father to us, our Juilliard. Don and I learned so much from him; he raised us, musically. He showed us what we should do, what we shouldn’t do, exposed us to a lot of music that we would have never been aware of if it hadn’t been for Sonny. When we were first with him, I wanted to sound like Elvin Jones. Sonny used to have me sit on my left hand to keep me from being so busy. ‘You’ve got to get your time together before you can get fancy’, he’d tell me. It used to bug me but, actually, he was right and I thank him to this day. Playing with Sonny opened a lot of doors for us and eventually Don and I were able to go out and have our own thing."
Lawrence Steel, 2013, from the booklet

Sonny Stitt
Low Flame


1 Low Flame (Feather, Stitt)  4:59
2 Put Your Little Foot Right Out (Spier)  5:25
3 Cynthia Sue (Weeden)  6:02
4 Donald Duck (Patterson)  4:40
5 Close Your Eyes (Petkere)  3:43
6 Silly Billy (Stitt)  4:58
7 Baby, Do You Ever Think Of Me ? (Stitt)  2:55
8 Fine And Dandy (James, Swift)  7:52
9 O Sole Mio (trad. arr. Stitt)  3:48
10 Feelin's (Stitt)  3:56
11 Nightmare (Stitt)  2:21
12 S'posin' (Razaf, Denniker)  6:23
13 Look Up (Stitt)  6:14
14 Goodnight Ladies (trad. arr. Stitt)  3:52
15 If I Should Lose You (Robin, Rainger)  5:20
16 Hollerin' The Blues (Stitt)  4:53
17 Stretch Pants (Stitt)  5:13


[# 1-8] Low Flame (Jazzland JLP971 ; 1962)
Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Don Patterson - org
Paul Weeden - g
Billy James - dr
Recorded in New York ; April 4, 1962
[# 9-17] Feelin's (Roost LPS2247 ; 1962)
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; February/April, 1962


José Guzmán Castilla said...

Awesome; as always, thank you for this gem, Mel!

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel.

francisco santos said...


carrolin said...

Muchas gracias Mel

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!
Two great album of Stitt!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Chris said...

Wow thanks Mel for this fantastic upgrade!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you very much.

Descargador said...

Gracias Mel!!!!

Mike said...

Muchas gracias! More from Stitt is always welcome.

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Great, great artist. So much musicality, thank you MM!

5 cents said...

Outstanding upgrade for me! Muchisimas gracias. 88F in Sacramento CA

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Bill said...

Many thanks, Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Grover Gardner said...

Boy, just on a roll here! Thank you!

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! Fantastic!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

abe said...

Thanks from Iowa

Scoredaddy said...

missed this the first time. thanks for reup!!