Legends of Acid Jazz

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues the complete contents of two former Lp's by saxophonist Sonny Stitt: Turn It On and Black Vibrations. These are rather unusual entries in Stitt's huge discography in that Sonny often sounds like a guest performer on his own sessions rather than the leader. During the earlier date, Stitt uses an electrical device a Varitone on his tenor that waters down his tone a bit. With organist Leon Spencer, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad setting down unrelenting grooves on most of the five numbers including the 11-minute title cut, Stitt only seems to be making cameo appearances although trumpeter Virgil Jones gets in a few good solos on three of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD reissues the complete contents of two former Lp's by saxophonist Sonny Stitt: Turn It On and Black Vibrations. These are rather unusual entries in Stitt's huge discography in that Sonny often sounds like a guest performer on his own sessions rather than the leader. During the earlier date, Stitt uses an electrical device a Varitone on his tenor that waters down his tone a bit. With organist Leon Spencer, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad setting down unrelenting grooves on most of the five numbers including the 11-minute title cut, Stitt only seems to be making cameo appearances although trumpeter Virgil Jones gets in a few good solos on three of the numbers. The later date which also has some good Jones trumpet finds Stitt playing acoustically and switching to alto on two of the six jams, but once again it is the nonstop chugging of Sparks, Muhammad and either Leon Spencer or guest organist Don Patterson that fuels the fire. It is silly to call these soul jazz outings "acid jazz" since Sonny Stitt's solos are essentially bebop, but the grooves are danceable and funky.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2009
  • Label: Ais
  • UPC: 888072314351
  • Catalog Number: 7231435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn It On (11:10)
  2. 2 Bar-B-Que Man (7:59)
  3. 3 Miss Riverside (9:28)
  4. 4 Cry Me a River (3:54)
  5. 5 There Are Such Things (4:01)
  6. 6 Goin' to D.C. (7:26)
  7. 7 Aires (5:34)
  8. 8 Black Vibrations (6:43)
  9. 9 Calling Card (6:27)
  10. 10 Where Is Love? (2:23)
  11. 11 Them Funky Changes (7:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Stitt Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Don Patterson Organ
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Idris Muhammad Drums
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Leon Spencer Organ
Technical Credits
Tom Curry Liner Notes
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Phil Carroll Art Direction
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