Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt with Strings: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

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Sonny Stitt (on alto and tenor) is joined by a fine rhythm section featuring pianist Gildo Mahones and an eight-piece string section arranged by Bill Finegan for seven familiar Duke Ellington songs. No real surprises occur although the string charts are a cut above the usual. Stitt is at his most melodic and really romps on a few of these pieces, most notably "Cottontail."