Sonny Stitt

I Should Care

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I Should Care is a pretty good album, considering it was released 14 years after Sonny Stitt's death. It starts with "Got to Get Over" and "Soul Girl," two songs that are more from the groove genre, and involve a couple of backup vocalists putting a soft backing to the songs, making them a little more like lounge acts. "Jeep Blues" starts to bounce a little more, and "I Know That You Know" brings Stitt back to his comfortable Charlie Parker-like sound. "I Should Care" is almost a moaning track, but slinks along thanks to the power of Stitt's playing. The album progresses past the rather dated "Eight Track Blues" into "Gone With the Wind," which is another piece of good post-bop straight from Parker's shadow. Overall, the album is pretty good, though other pieces may be better choices, such as Sonny Side Up (with Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie), Stitt Plays Bird, and Soul People.

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