Sonny Stitt


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This two-LP set does a superlative job of reissuing Sonny Stitt's most important early recordings. Sticking to tenor except for two rare appearance on baritone and a version of "Cherokee" on which he switches to alto, Stitt is heard with six different trios (including eight selections with pianist Bud Powell), a quintet with trombonist J.J. Johnson and a septet that finds Gene Ammons playing baritone. These classic bop performances are most significant for Stitt (who on alto was branded a Charlie Parker imitator) finding his own sound on tenor. Most of this important music has since been reissued on CD.