Quartet, Tune Up + Constellation
Sonny Stitt (as, ts), Barry Harris (p), Sam Jones (b), Alan Dawson (d), Roy Brooks (d).
When these recordings were made, Stitt (born in Boston, MA, on February 2, 1924) had already attained the status of living legend. Largely obscured in the Forties and Fifties by his mentor and obvious inspiration, Charlie Parker, Stitt began to receive his share of the spotlight in the Sixties. He joined producer George Wein's Giants of Jazz project in 1971, which reunited such distinguished friends as Dizzy Gillespie, ThTh elonious Monk, Kai Winding, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey and, of course, Sonny Stitt, for a short lived but very successful European tour.
The new exposure induced record producers to pay attention to Sonny and to offer him new and better recording opportunities. The result yielded these two LPs, which rekindled Sonny's association with his old comrade Barry Harris.
Two of the best bebop players ever, Sonny Stitt and Barry Harris, made an exceptionally good team. Th e duo's fi rst two releases from that period are included in this splendid CD.
01. Tune Up
02. I Can't Get Started
04. Just Friends
05. Blues For Prez And Bird
06. Groovin' High
07. I Got Rhythm
09. A Ghost Of A Chance
10. Webb City
11. By Accident
12. Ray's Idea
14. It's Magic
Total time: 77:50 min.
Personnel: SONNY STITT (alto sax, tenor sax), BARRY HARRIS (piano) on all tracks, plus:
Tracks #1-7 from "TUNE UP!": Sam Jones (b) & Alan Dawson (d). Recorded in New York, February 8, 1972.
Tracks #8-15 from "CONSTELLATION": Sam Jones (b) & Roy Brooks (d).
Recorded in New York, June 27, 1972.