Sonny Stitt + Burnin' (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Argo LP 629
    Argo LP 629
  • Argo LP 661
    Argo LP 661
  • Barry Harris
    Barry Harris
  • Sonny Stitt
    Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt + Burnin' (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Sonny Stitt (as, ts), Barry Harris (p), William Austin (b), Frank Gant (d)

Reference: FSRCD 536

Bar code: 8427328605366


Sonny Stitt played alto sax in Charlie Parkers style, but with such personal conviction, such emotional sureness and without any hint of slickness, popularization, or stylistic immaturity, that he created a dilemma about originality or individuality in jazz. The picture was further complicated by the fact that his tenor style was quite different and yet played with equal individuality and feeling. And, of course, he knew that what Parker did was not run the changes but play melodic ideas.

In these recordings Stitt is all over both his horns, communicating directly and deeply. All the alto sax performanceshe plays tenor only on 5 tracks are full of fire and brimstone. The tunes are for the most part Stitts originals, plus two classic Bird pieces and seven standards, but they never sound tired, no matter how many times theyve been heard before, when they are played with such intensity, vibrancy and imagination as here. Newly and carefully remastered.

—Jordi Pujol

01. Cool Blues (Charlie Parker) 3:59
02. Jack Spratt (Sonny Stitt) 6:21
03. This Is Always (Warren-Gordon) 3:03
04. Mister Son (Sonny Stitt) 4:43
05. Propapagoon (Sonny Stitt) 4:15
06. Dancing On The Ceiling (Rodgers-Hart) 4:39
07. Everyone Does (Sonny Stitt) 5:08
08. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 5:13
09. Ko-Ko (Charlie Parker) 3:54
10. A Minor Sax (Sonny Stitt) 4:06
11. Lover Man (Davis-Sherman-Ramirez) 3:46
12. Reed And A Half (Sonny Stitt) 3:26
13. How High The Moon (Lewis-Hamilton) 4:43
14. I'll Tell You Later (Sonny Stitt) 4:21
15. Look For The Silver Lining (Kern-DeSylva) 4:30
16. Easy Living (Rainger-Robin) 3:59
17. It's Hipper Than That (Sonny Stitt) 4:43

Album details

Tracks #1-8, from the 12-inch album "Sonny Stitt" (Argo/Cadet LP 629)
Tracks #9-17, from the 12-inch album "Burnin'" (Argo/Cadet LP 661)

Sonny Stitt (alto sax, tenor sax on #2,4,6,8 & 16)

Tracks #1-8: Unidentified rhythm section, probably the same as #9-17.
Tracks #9-17: Barry Harris (piano), William Austin (bass), Frank Gant (drums).
All tracks Recorded in Chicago, 1958

Original cover art: Don Bronstein
Liner notes: Barbara J. Gardner (Burnin')
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2009 by Fresh Sound Records

Hi Fi · Not electronically altered for Stereo
Newly 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

-Sonny Stitt

"Sonny Stitt recorded extensively throughout his career, so frequently that he often could not remember his sessions a year later. This informal session, cut in Chicago in 1958, is one that Stitt apparently forgot about, which is why the personnel (probably a local rhythm section that might include pianist Barry Harris) has never been definitely identified. Stitt, doubling on alto and tenor, plays some songs with unfamiliar titles, but all of the chord changes of the originals (half of them blues) are fairly basic. He is in above-average form, making this set of interest to bebop collectors."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide


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