Sonny Stitt

I Remember Bird

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The title refers to the Leonard Feather composition rather than a complete set of Charlie Parker songs. Sonny Stitt, who spent his entire career playing in a style built on Bird's, is in good form during this quintet date which features him on both alto and tenor. With trombonist Frank Rosolino, pianist Dolo Coker, bassist Allen Jackson and drummer Clarence Johnston, Stitt stretches out on the title tune, his own blues "Streamlined Stanley," three standards, Rosolino's "Waltz for Diane" and the traditional hymn "Yes Jesus Loves Me." This good bop date is long out of print.