Sonny Stitt

From the Newport Jazz Festival: Tribute to Charlie Parker

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Although it is not apparent from the outside of this CD, these performances are actually taken from two separate occasions. Trumpeter Howard McGhee, trombonist J.J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt (sticking to tenor), pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Arthur Harper Jr. and drummer Max Roach are heard at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival jamming on three songs in tribute to Charlie Parker: "Buzzy," "Now's the Time" and "Wee." In-addition the MC, Father Norman O'Connor gets a few of the veterans to say a few words about Bird. The remainder of the CD features altoist Jackie McLean with his quartet at a studio session in 1967 performing searing ballad versions of "Embraceable You" and "Old Folks." A very interesting and well-rounded program, worth picking up.