Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt

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Sonny Stitt Review

by Scott Yanow

Sonny Stitt recorded extensively throughout his career, so frequently that he often couldn't remember his sessions a year later. This informal session, cut in Chicago in 1958, is one that Stitt apparently forgot about, which is why the personnel (probably a local rhythm section that might include pianist Barry Harris) has never been definitively identified. Stitt, doubling on alto and tenor, plays some songs with unfamiliar titles, but all of the chord changes of the originals (half of them blues) are fairly basic. He is in above-average form, making this LP of interest for bebop collectors.

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