Just in Case You Forgot How Bad He Really Was

Just in Case You Forgot How Bad He Really Was

by Sonny Stitt
     
 

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Although Joel Dorn's 32 Jazz label mostly concentrates on repackaging reissues from the Muse catalog, there have been some important discoveries. This 1997 CD has a previously unreleased Sonny Stitt club appearance that took place in San Francisco's Keystone Korner in September 1981. It is a special all-star concert in which Stitt splits hisSee more details below

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Although Joel Dorn's 32 Jazz label mostly concentrates on repackaging reissues from the Muse catalog, there have been some important discoveries. This 1997 CD has a previously unreleased Sonny Stitt club appearance that took place in San Francisco's Keystone Korner in September 1981. It is a special all-star concert in which Stitt splits his time between tenor and alto and is joined by pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Herbie Lewis, drummer Billy Higgins, and (on a few numbers) vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, altoist Richie Cole, and John Handy on alto and tenor. Stitt, a master of the bebop vocabulary, was not an innovator, but he was a fiery competitor who could blow most musicians off the stand when he chose to. In this case, he had a lot of respect for Cole and Handy, but still played at his best, just in case. The CD is mostly a showcase for the leader, who is well featured on the ad lib "Dig Dr. Woody," "Everything Happens to Me," and "Laura." Other than a five-song ballad medley that features each of the saxophonists plus Walton and Hutcherson, not that much is heard from Handy, while Cole (who gets in a few good licks) is generally overshadowed by Stitt. Other highlights include lengthy renditions of "Lover Man" and "Wee." Sonny Stitt recorded scores and scores of bop-oriented sessions throughout his productive career, but his fans will still be happy that 32 Jazz has added such a strong date to his discography. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/1998
Label:
32. Jazz Records
UPC:
0604123205122
catalogNumber:
32051

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Stitt   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richie Cole   Alto Saxophone
John Handy   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Higgins   Drums
Cedar Walton   Piano
John "Captain John" Handy   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Lewis   Bass
Bobby Hutcherson   Vibes

Technical Credits

Joel Dorn   Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Gene Paul   Mastering
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Herb Wong   Producer,Liner Notes
Adam Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Scott Paul   Mastering,Sonic Solutions
Nancy Dwyer   Graphic Design
Page Simon   Graphic Design
Lance Goler   Producer
Jimmy Davis   Composer

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