Complete Recordings (2 LP on 1 CD)
Sonny Stitt (as & ts), Zoot Sims (ts), John Young (p), Sam Kidd (b), Philip Thomas (d) / Thad Jones (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Phil Woods (as), Budd Johnson, Jerome Richardson (ts), Roger Kellaway, Walter Bishop, Jr (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d)
This release contains the complete recordings of saxophone greats Zoot Sims and Sonny Stitt, including the 1965 albums Inter-Action and Broadway Soul in their entirety for the first time ever on CD.
01. MY BLUE HEAVEN (8:03)
02. THE SABER (3:05)
03. KATEA (6:53)
04. FOOLS RUSH IN (5:33)
05. LOOK DOWN THAT LONESOME ROAD (7:19)
06. I WANT TO GO HOME (4:29)
07. HELLO DOLLY (2:59)
08. BETTER ALL THE TIME (3:35)
09. YOU'D BETTER LOVE ME (3:23)
10. NIGHT SONG (5:09)
11. A ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS (3:27)
12. GIMME SOME (5:11)
13. LOADS OF LOVE (2:15)
14. IF I GAVE YOU (5:05)
Total time: 66:26 min.
Tracks #1-6 from "Inter-Action" (Cadet LP 760).
Tracks #7-14 from "Broadway Soul" (Colpix CP 499).
Personnel on tracks #1-6: Sonny Stitt & Zoot Sims (as & ts), John Young (p), Sam Kidd (b) and Philip Thomas (d). Recorded in Chicago, on January 25, 1965.
Personnel on tracks #1-6: Sonny Stitt (as & ts), Zoot Sims (ts), Thad Jones, Ernie Royal (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Phil Woods (as), Budd Johnson, Jerome Richardson (ts), Roger Kellaway or Walter Bishop, Jr. (p), Milt Hinton (b) and Osie Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, on February 13, 1965.
"This session are consistently swinging and have a solid supporting cast that includes John Young on piano. The Sims-Stitt collaboration is of particular interest as are Sims's rare alto solos on his own date. Worth searching for."
"Sonny Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor) performs eight songs from Broadway shows on this LP while accompanied by a ten-piece group filled with all-stars. Except for "Hello Dolly," none of the material is well-known and, since there is only 31 minutes of music on the LP, this set is far from essential. However Stitt's solos generally uplift the material and the saxophonist's fans will want the collector's item."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
"In order to be good, music must be creative; but more than that it should be spontaneous. If you rehearse something too much, it becomes a bore. I hate a set routine. I want to be free to do things the way I feel them."