by Sonny Stitt


Deftly handling the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, bebop giant Sonny Stitt is heard to perfection here on a variety of early-'50s dates. Stitt not only shows off his patented speed throughout, but he goes a long way in dispelling criticisms of him being all fire and no grace. The 16-track disc kicks off with four tight, Latin-tinged swingers featuring an octet that includes trumpeter Joe Newman and timbales player Humberto Morales. Switching to piano quartet mode for the bulk of the disc, Stitt ranges effortlessly from frenetic blasts ("Cherokee") to golden-hued ballads ("Imagination"). Capping off the set with four bonus cuts featuring the likes of Gene Ammons and Junior Mance, Stitt delivers one of the top sets of performances from the late bebop era.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218606028
catalogNumber: 60

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Stitt   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Ammons   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Drew   Piano
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Tommy Potter   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
John Houston   Piano
John Hunt   Trumpet
Junior Mance   Piano
Ernie Shepherd   Bass
Ernie Sheppard   Bass
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Gene Wright   Bass
Wesley Landers   Drums
Bill Massey   Trumpet
Charles Bateman   Piano
Larry Townsend   Vocals
Humberto Morales   Timbales
Matthew Gee   Trombone

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Gene Ammons   Contributor
Kenny Drew   Contributor
Joe Newman   Contributor
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Art Blakey   Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Lorenz Hart   Composer
John Houston   Contributor
John Hunt   Contributor
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Junior Mance   Contributor
James Van Heusen   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Bill Massey   Contributor
Charles Bateman   Contributor
Harry Brooks   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer

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