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Customer Reviews


An album which has some great tunes. Some are relatively well known, others aren't, but all of them are played by an ever-creative Stitt and an excellent rythm section. If you're a Stitt fan, then this is a great addition to your library, but if you don't know much about him, I suggest you try one of his better known albums first.

Bad info in descriptive blurb!

I can't help but use this forum to correct whoever wrote the blurb describing this record. True, Sonny was quite a Bird-esque player, especially on alto and most especially very early in his career (c. 1945). But he was a tenor player almost from the very beginning. Dig 'Stitt's Bits' which include sides on which he played tenor that date from 1949-1951. He was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's Dual Tenor Sextet (with Sonny Rollins) in the mid-to-latter 50s. In fact, the legendary 'Sonny Side Up' record by the aforementioned Sextet was recorded in 1957 ('56, maybe '58 - I don't feel like checking). By the 1960s, he was one of the pre-eminent tenor players having influenced John Coltrane himself.

I am a pro jazz musician, avid jazz historian and collector. My feathers get quite ruffled when misinformation is perpetuated.

When you need to chill...

Pick up this one. The price is nice and the grooves are right wear they need to be. Good pool playin music!


Born: February 2, 1924 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Charlie Parker has had many admirers and his influence can be detected in numerous styles, but few have been as avid a disciple as Sonny Stitt. There was almost note-for-note imitation in several early Stitt solos, and the closeness remained until Stitt began de-emphasizing the alto in favor of the tenor, on which he artfully combined the influences of Parker and Lester Young. Stitt gradually developed his own sound and style, though he was never far from Parker on any alto solo. A wonderful blues...
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