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Verve Jazz Masters 50

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Though Sonny Stitt recorded a lot, there are large gaps of material that have yet to be adequately documented on CD, particularly what he recorded for Verve. Thus, the Verve Jazz Masters series rises again to the occasion, selecting from a dozen different Verve sources, including collaborative albums with Gene Ammons and Oscar Peterson, and guest shots on records by Dizzy Gillespie and the so-called Modern Jazz Sextet. From this vantage point of his career, the old line about Stitt being a clone of Charlie Parker doesn't hold water, for despite an occasional Bird-like flurry, Stitt had his own harmonic ideas and somewhat mellower tone on alto, and an even more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Though Sonny Stitt recorded a lot, there are large gaps of material that have yet to be adequately documented on CD, particularly what he recorded for Verve. Thus, the Verve Jazz Masters series rises again to the occasion, selecting from a dozen different Verve sources, including collaborative albums with Gene Ammons and Oscar Peterson, and guest shots on records by Dizzy Gillespie and the so-called Modern Jazz Sextet. From this vantage point of his career, the old line about Stitt being a clone of Charlie Parker doesn't hold water, for despite an occasional Bird-like flurry, Stitt had his own harmonic ideas and somewhat mellower tone on alto, and an even more individual majestic concept on tenor. The CD captures him in a quintessentially Verve series of diverse settings, with straight-ahead quartets, sextets, a lush Ralph Burns orchestra session, an off-center Jimmy Giuffre arrangement of "Laura," and mano-a-mano summit meetings, the most stimulating being a cooking, ten-minute jam with Peterson and Roy Eldridge "The String". Sonny even duels with himself -- on alto and tenor -- on "Sonny's Tune." All told, an excellent introduction to Stitt in his prime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452765123
  • Catalog Number: 527651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Got Rhythm (3:09)
  2. 2 Mean to Me - Modern Jazz Sextet (6:35)
  3. 3 Sonny's Tune (5:33)
  4. 4 Time After Time (3:50)
  5. 5 Walkin' (5:24)
  6. 6 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (5:14)
  7. 7 Easy Does It (5:25)
  8. 8 Just Friends (3:51)
  9. 9 Easy Living (4:50)
  10. 10 On the Sunny Side of the Street (5:43)
  11. 11 Laura (4:52)
  12. 12 The String (9:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Stitt Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Ray Bryant Piano
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Vocals
Jimmy Giuffre Conductor
Jo Jones Drums
John Lewis Piano
Mel Lewis Drums
Don Patterson Organ
Oscar Peterson Piano
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bobby Timmons Piano
Ralph Burns Conductor
Buddy Clark Bass
Billy James Drums
Lee Katzman Trumpet
Stan Levey Drums
Lou Levy Piano
Ed Thigpen Drums
Modern Jazz Sextet Track Performer
Percy Heath Bass
Skeeter Best Guitar
Ray Brown Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Dennis Drums
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Jimmy Jones Piano
Larance Marable Drums
Lenny McBrowne Drums
George Morrow Piano
Charlie Persip Drums
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Amos Trice Piano
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Edgar Willis Bass
Tommy Bryant Bass
Paul Weeden Guitar
Al Pollen Tuba
Ralph Burns Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Arranger
Sonny Stitt Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Aric Lach Morrison Director
Peter Pullman Liner Notes
David Raksin Composer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Harvey Siders Producer
Sheryl Lutz-Brown Director, Art Direction
Gary N. Mayo Mastering
Richard Carpenter Composer
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