180 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Cut by Kevin Gray at 45 RPM and packaged in extra-thick cardboard stock gatefold jackets!
This album starts off with one of the underrated gems of the 1960s, an exciting matchup by tenors Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves. Other than the brief throwaway "Theme from Lord of the Flies" (producer Bob Thiele's idea), this is very much a jam session set, with "Salt and Pepper" being a heated medium-tempo blues and the two competitive tenors stretching out on "S'posin'" and a lengthy "Perdido." Actually, the most memorable selection from the date is the one on which Stitt switches to alto, "Stardust." His beautiful playing behind Gonsalves' warm melody statement raises the session to the classic level. Also included on this consistently exciting recording is a Sonny Stitt quartet set originally titled Now! Although Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor) recorded scores of quartet sessions, he sounds particularly inspired here, especially on such offbeat material as "Estralita," the Dixieland standard "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," and "My Mother's Eyes." Highly recommended to bebop and straight-ahead jazz fans.
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed by RTI
• Gatefold jacket
Sonny Stitt, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone
Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Hank Jones, piano
Al Lucas, bass
1. Salt and Pepper
3. Theme from Lord Po the Flies
7. Lester Leaps In
9. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
11. Never ---SH!
12. My Mother's Eyes
13. I'm Getting Sentimental over You