Sonny Stitt

Night Crawler

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Night Crawler is a standard Stitt Prestige session -- not to say a standard mid-'60s Prestige jazz session -- as he heads a trio including Don Patterson on organ and Billy James on drums. It's pretty short, too, clocking in at under half-an-hour. This is not so much soul-jazz as solid, unexceptional straight-ahead boppish jazz with organ, just two of the six numbers being Stitt originals. He swings pretty hard on the opener, "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," in which Patterson takes his own solo, with a skittering intensity that makes it the highlight of the LP. The soul-blues element comes more to the fore on the title track, with its syncopated beat; a bit of Afro-Cuban tempo sneaks into "Star Eyes," and the interpretation of the pop standard "Who Can I Turn To?" is the lone slow burner on the disc.

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