This rare CD reissue features a superb session cut by Sonny Stitt (who stuck to alto for the date) for the Verve label. The original four songs teamed Stitt with trumpeter Roy Eldridge, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Stan Levey. Although three of the songs were blues, the most exciting number is ironically the opener, an "I Got Rhythm" run-through on a Stitt original "The String" that is note for note the same as his "Eternal Triangle." The two horns are quite combative and inspire each other.
Scott Yanow - AMG
01. The String (10:01)
02. Cleveland Blues (12:02)
03. B.W. Blues (Boogie Woogie Blues) (11:35)
04. Blues for Bags (10:39)
Recorded on October 11, 1957 under the supervision of Norman Granz.