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SONNY STITT: MILESTONES OF A JAZZ LEGEND (10 CDS)

SONNY STITT: MILESTONES OF A JAZZ LEGEND (10 CDS)

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 A great documentation of the "Lone Wolf" and his greatest albums from the Fifties and early Sixties. Includes 19 original albums on 10CD's by one of Bebops's greatest sax-soloists after Charlie Parker
Feat. Gene Ammons, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Ray Brown, Brother Jack McDuff, Herb Ellis. The saxophonist Sonny Stitt (1924-1982) recorded more than 100 albums as a leader. After first hearing Charlie Parker on a recording with Jay McShann as a fifteen-year-old, he switched from clarinet to the alto saxophone and began playing in swing orchestras, including the Tiny Bradshaw Band. In 1943, he met Parker (1920-1955) in person for the first time, and the latter was surprised just how similar the two of them sounded. This may have caused Stitt to also start playing tenor and baritone saxophone. In any case, Dizzy Gillespie was so impressed with his playing, that he immediately hired Stitt after Parker left his band and also kept inviting him for recordings. The masterpieces featuring Gillespie with Stitt and Sonny Rollins were already documented on the respective wallets of Dizzy Gillespie and on "I Love New York Jazz". Another milestone for the young Stitt was his membership in Billy Eckstine's legendary orchestra, where he also met Dexter Gordon, as well as the tenor-saxophonist Gene Ammons. The latter also joined Stitt's septet (1949-52), and they kept on recording together, with "Boss Tenors" the climax among many a top record. Our selection documents exemplary highlights of Stitt's work in the fifties and early sixties. In addition to the standard format presenting Stitt with an excellent rhythm section, there were often enough interesting constellations with important musicians such as trumpeter Roy Eldridge, pianist Oscar Peterson, tenor player Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and organists like Jack McDuff and Don Patterson. "Stitt and Top Brass" is one of the few large ensembles with which he recorded as a bandleader, and the album also proves him to be one of the great soloists of Bebop: with just those, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and a few others, he toured the world under the name "Giants Of Jazz" in the years before his death, an ensemble that was also recorded live and in the studio.


1 FAVORITES VOLUME I - II 45:12
2 KALEIDOSCOPE - SONNY STITT EDDIE DAVIS - THE BATTLE OF BIRDLAND 68:10
3 NEW YORK JAZZ 46:03
4 ONLY THE BLUES - A LITTLE BIT OF STITT 78:36
5 SONNY STITT SITS IN WITH THE OSCAR PETERSON TRIO - SONNY STITT BLOWS THE BLUES 76:26
6 PERSONAL APPEARANCE - STITTSVILLE 79:47
7 SONNY STITT & TOP BRASS - SONNY STITT WITH JACK MCDUFF, STITT MEETS BROTHER JACK 73:43
8 THE SONNY SIDE OF STITT - GENE AMMONS7SONNY STITT, BOSS TENORS 71:55
9 THE HARD SWING - SONNY SIDE UP 77:26
10 SAXOPHONE SUPREMACY - FEELIN'S 73:45


Ain't Misbehavin
After You're Gone
Stairway To The Stars
Blazin'
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Our Very Own
There'll Never Be Another You
Later
S' Wonderful
Down With It
Jeepers Creepers
For The Fat Man
Splinter
Confessin'
Sonny Sounds
Stitt's It
Stitt's It
Cool Mambo
Blue Mambo
Sonny Sounds
Ain't Misbehaving
Later
P.S. I Love You
This Can't Be Love
Imagination
Cherokee
Can't We Be Friends
Liza
Jaws
I Can't Get Started
Marchin'
S.O.S.
Norman's Blues
I Know That You Know
If I Had You
Alone Together
Twelfth Street Rag
Down Home Blues (Funky Blues)
Sonny's Tune
Stars Fell on Alabama
Body and Soul
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
The String (The Eternal Triangle)
Cleveland Blues
B.W. Blues (Boogie Woogie Blues)
Blues for Bags
When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)
For All We Know
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Cocktails for Two
Star Eyes
On a Slow Boat to China
Laura
J. B. Blues
Don't Take Your Love from Me
After The Late, Late Show
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Au Privave
The Gypsy
I'll Remember April
Scrapple From The Apple
Moten Swing
Blues For Pres, Sweets, Ben And All The Other Funky Ones
Easy Does It
Blue Devil Blues
Home Free Blues
Blue Prelude
Frankie And Johnny
Birth Of The Blues
A Blues Offering
Hymnal Blues
Morning After Blues
You'd Be So Easy to Love
Easy Living
Autumn in New York
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
For Some Friends
I Never Knew
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
Original?
Avalon
Blues Greasy
Angel Eyes
It All Depends on You
Stormy Thursday
Embraceable You
It Could Happen to You
But Not For Me
Memories of You
I Cried for You
Bright as Snow
Spinning
Souls Valley
Coquette
On A Misty Night
Stittsie
Poinciana
Boom-Boom
Sea Sea Rider
The Four Ninety
Hey Pam
All of Me
Pam Ain't Blue
Time After Time
Ringin' In
Nother Fu'ther
When Sonny Gets Blue
Thirty-Three, Ninety Six
Skylark
Don't Worry 'bout Me
I'll Remember April
Day by Day
Red Top
Moonray
Old Fashioned Blues
I Never Knew
Hitsburg
There Is No Greater Love
The One Before This
Autumn Leaves
Blues Up and Down
Counter Clockwise
I Got Rhythm
What's New?
Subito
If I Had You
I'll Remember April
Blues for Lester
After You've Gone
Street of Dreams
The Way You Look Tonight
Presto
Tune Up
Sonny Side Up
On Green Dolphin Street
The More I See You
Don't Take Your Love from Me
My Blue Heaven
My Mother's Eyes
When I Grow Too Old to Dream
Bye Bye Blues
I've Got the World on a String
I Cover The Waterfront
Lazy Bones
Sunday
Just Friends
All Of Me
Two bad days Blues
It's You Or No One
Blue Smile
O Sole Mio
Feelin's
Nightmare
S'posin'
Look Up
Goodnight, Ladies
If I Should Lose You
Hollerin' the Blues
Stretch Pants

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