Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
Lacquers Cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio!
Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands!
The name Sonny Stitt should be familiar to those that love jazz. Stitt was an important architect in the language of bebop and was an avid disciple of Charlie Parker, playing both alto and tenor from the 1950s to the early 1980s. By age 20, he was already a professional musician, playing alto saxophone with the Tiny Bradshaw band. A high profile stint with Billy Eckstines big band; a hotbed of bebop innovators followed in 1945. A string of stellar small group sessions in the late 40s with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Clarke, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell among others earned him the renown as an outstanding modern saxophone virtuoso. Teddy Reig, who had produced Stitts many appearances on Savoy sessions, had started Roost Records in 1949 and was quick to record Stitt after the dissolution of the Ammons-Stitt band. Reig would continue to produce a series of magnificent Stitt albums until 1965. True to his lone wolf nature, Stitt would record throughout this period as a non-exclusive artist, making albums for Verve, Prestige, Argo and Impulse among others. Roost did not have the budget and distribution that other labels enjoyed, so much of his work here, despite its excellence, did not garner the sales or reputation that it deserved.
Sonny Stitt was a true improviser and his solos on these alternate takes differ substantially from the later takes chosen to be the masters. Some of them were uncovered by Teddy Reig in 1986 for an LP entitled Symphony Hall Swing. The rest were first released on the 2001 Mosaic CD collection The Complete Roost Sonny Stitt Studio Sessions.
This new collection of alternate takes make their debut on vinyl. Includes brand new artwork featuring Francis Wolff photos and liner notes from jazz producer Michael Cuscuna. The album is pressed on 180g vinyl and housed in a single pocket tip-on numbered jacket.
Cut to lacquers at Sam Phillips Recording Studio, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a single pocket tip-on jacket.
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• Strict One Time Pressing based on preorders received
• Numbered, Limited Edition - 1395 Copies Worldwide
• 180g Vinyl
• Mastered for vinyl by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studios, VT
• Cut to lacquers by Jeff Powell for Take Out Vinyl at Sam Phillips Recording Studio
• Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands
• New collection of alternate takes -first time on vinyl
• Deluxe single pocket tip-on jacket with individual numbering
• 11x11 insert
• Francis Wolff photos
• Liner notes by jazz producer Michael Cuscuna
Personnel on tracks A1-A4: Sonny Stitt (ts), Fletcher Peck (p), John Simmons (b) Jo Jones (d) NYC 11/20/52
Personnel on tracks A5 & A6: Sonny Stitt (as), Hank Jones (p), Freddie Green (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Shadow Wilson (d), NYC 12/15/55 and 12/16/55
Personnel on tracks A7: Personnel: Sonny Stitt (as) Dolo Coker (p), Edgar Willis (b), Kenny Dennis (d) NYC late 1956 or 1/23/57
Personnel on tracks B1 & B2: Sonny Stitt (as) Dolo Coker (p), Edgar Willis (b), Kenny Dennis (d) NYC late 1956 or 1/23/57
Personnel on tracks B3-B5: Personnel: Sonny Stitt (as), Hank Jones (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Shadow Wilson (d), Nolas Penthouse Sound NYC 8/30/57
1. They Say It's Wonderful
2. Why Do I Love You
3. Symphony Hall Swing
4. Sonny's Bunny
5. The Nearness Of You
6. If I Should Lose You
7. Sweet Georgia Brown
1. Blues For Yard
2. Harlem Nocturne
3. Engos, The Bloos
4. People Will Say We're In Love
5. It Might As Well Be Spring