Sonny Stitt

Move on Over: The Eddie Buster Sides

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In 2007, Jazzbeats reissued two albums by saxophonist Sonny Stitt and Chicago organist Eddie Buster, which were originally released by Argo during the early 1960s. Sonny Stitt at the D.J. Lounge was recorded live in June 1961 with Johnny Board blowing second tenor and Joe Shelton steering from behind the drums. Move on Over the album after which the later compilation was named, was the fruit of a studio session that took place on June 7, 1963 with alto saxophonist Nicky Hill (featured on the ballad "Love Letters"), guitarist Joe Diorio and drummer Gerald Donovan. This music is fairly typical of organ-combo jazz of the period, as an extension of the standard set by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Shirley Scott and as soul groove/hard bop that was contemporaneous with the Gene Ammons/Jack McDuff collaborations. Even if Stitt's "A Natural Fox" seems more or less melodically stunted, the overall flavor of this feel-good jazz is satisfying, solid, and straight-ahead.

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