Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/J.J. Johnson

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Three classic Sonny Stitt sessions from 1949-50 are heard here in full. Stitt, who had been out of action due to his "personal problems," not only made a full-fledged comeback on these dates but debuted on (and stuck exclusively to) tenor rather than playing alto, where he was being assailed as a Charlie Parker imitator. He is featured on eight titles from a pair of quartet dates with pianist Bud Powell (who himself is in top form), bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Max Roach. In addition, Stitt is a sideman on a quintet outing headed by trombonist J.J. Johnson and also including pianist John Lewis, bassist Nelson Boyd, and Roach. Together the latter band performs three of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Three classic Sonny Stitt sessions from 1949-50 are heard here in full. Stitt, who had been out of action due to his "personal problems," not only made a full-fledged comeback on these dates but debuted on (and stuck exclusively to) tenor rather than playing alto, where he was being assailed as a Charlie Parker imitator. He is featured on eight titles from a pair of quartet dates with pianist Bud Powell (who himself is in top form), bassist Curly Russell, and drummer Max Roach. In addition, Stitt is a sideman on a quintet outing headed by trombonist J.J. Johnson and also including pianist John Lewis, bassist Nelson Boyd, and Roach. Together the latter band performs three of Johnson's originals plus the original version of Lewis' "Afternoon in Paris"; all four titles are heard in two versions apiece. Highly recommended for all serious bop collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218110921
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 54,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm - J.J. Johnson (2:57)
  2. 2 Sonny Side - J.J. Johnson (2:21)
  3. 3 Bud's Blues - J.J. Johnson (2:32)
  4. 4 Sunset - J.J. Johnson (3:44)
  5. 5 Fine and Dandy - J.J. Johnson (2:39)
  6. 6 Fine and Dandy - J.J. Johnson (2:38)
  7. 7 Strike up the Band - J.J. Johnson (3:26)
  8. 8 I Want to Be Happy - J.J. Johnson (3:09)
  9. 9 Taking a Chance on Love - J.J. Johnson (2:32)
  10. 10 Afternoon in Paris - J.J. Johnson (3:03)
  11. 11 Afternoon in Paris - J.J. Johnson (2:59)
  12. 12 Elora - J.J. Johnson (3:03)
  13. 13 Elora - J.J. Johnson (3:07)
  14. 14 Teapot - J.J. Johnson (2:43)
  15. 15 Teapot - J.J. Johnson (3:01)
  16. 16 Blue Mode - J.J. Johnson (3:45)
  17. 17 Blue Mode - J.J. Johnson (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Stitt Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
John Lewis Piano
Bud Powell Piano, Track Performer
Max Roach Drums
Nelson Boyd Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone, Track Performer
Curly Russell Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
John Lewis Contributor
Bud Powell Contributor
Max Roach Contributor
Nelson Boyd Contributor
Ira Gershwin Composer
Curly Russell Contributor
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