Bar code: 8436028692699
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, Thelonious 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. The duo's first two releases from that period are included in this splendid CD.
01. Tune-Up 4:53
02. I Can't Get Started 5:32
03. Idaho 4:29
04. Just Friends 4:28
05. Blues For Prez And Bird 4:30
06. Groovin' High 4:24
07. I Got Rhythm 9:41
08. Constellation 5:00
09. A Ghost Of A Chance 4:46
10. Webb City 3:30
11. By Accident 6:42
12. Ray's Idea 3:53
13. Casbah 5:02
14. It's Magic 5:11
15. Topsy 5:35
Total time: 77:50 min.
Tracks #1-7, from the album "Tune-Up!" (Cobblestone CST 9013)
Tracks #8-15, from the album "Constellation" (Cobblestone CST 9021)
Sonny Stitt (alto sax, tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Sam Jones (bass) & Alan Dawson (drums on #1-7), Roy Brooks (drums on #8-15).
Recorded in New York City, February 8 [#1-7] and June 27 [#8-15], 1972
Original sessions produced by Don Schlitten
A&R Coordinator: Joe Fields
Sound engineer: Paul Goodman
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