Bunky Green / Sonny Stitt

Soul in the Night

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Issued in 1966 during Chess Records' heyday, Soul in the Night offered up Chicago's famous muscular jazz sound by two of its masters, Sonny Stitt and Bunky Green. Like their sax-playing contemporaries Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, and Gene Barge, Stitt and Green wrap their saxes around a tune, exploring gritty and fluid possibilities. Interestingly, the album's stereo version gives each player his own spotlight, as Stitt has one speaker and Green has the other. Future Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White provides solid drumming throughout, and organist Odell Brown lays down a strong chord foundation. The LP cornerstones are the brassy title track, the gliding "Spies," and "Sneakin' Up on You."

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