2 LPs ON 1 CD + 1 BONUS TRACK
4 STARS DOWBEAT MAGAZINE
(The Sensual Sound of Sonny Stitt)
4 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE - 4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
(Sonny Stitt & The Top Brass)
This release presents two complete original albums by Sonny Stiit. The long unavailable The Sensual Sound of Sonny Stitt (Verve V6-8451; it only appeared before on CD in a long out of print Japanese edition) marks the saxophonist’s only collaboration with Ralph Burns, who arranged all of the tunes and conducted the big band plus a string section. Sonny Stitt and The Top Brass (Atlantic SD1395) combines Sonny’s mastery with an all-star group featuring Blue Mitchell and Jimmy Cleveland, among others, and presenting the work of two other prestigious arrangers, Tadd Dameron and Jimmy Mundy. As a further bonus, the only known tune from a rare session recorded by Stitt shortly before the Top Brass date. It showcases Sonny in a tenor sax duet with Dexter Gordon, and with the great Don Patterson backing them on organ. This was the only studio session by Stitt and Gordon together.
SONNY STITT, alto & tenor sax on all tracks, plus:
[1-10]: The Sensual Sound Of Sonny Stitt :
Large band including strings conducted and arranged by Ralph Burns.
[11-19]: Sonny Stitt & The Top Brass:
Reunald Jones, Blue Mitchell, Dick Vance (tp),
Jimmy Cleveland, Matthew Gee (tb), Willie Ruff (fhr), Perri Lee (org on 11, 13, 14, 16 & 18 only),
Duke Jordan (p on 12, 15, 17 & 19 only), Joe Benjamin (b), Philly Joe Jones or Frank Brown (d).
Conducted and arranged by Tadd Dameron & Jimmy Mundy.
New York, July 16 & 17, 1962.
Original sessions produced by Ahmet Ertegun.
 Bonus Track:
Sonny Stitt & Dexter Gordon (ts), Don Patterson (org), Paul Weeden (g), Billy James (d).
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, May 14, 1962.
Original session produced by Alfred Lion
INCLUDES 12-PAGE BOOKLET
01 Try A Little Tenderness
02 Back To My Home Town
03 All Of You
04 Never Felt That Way Before
05 World Really Isn’t
06 They Say It’s Wonderful
07 Time After Time
08 I Love You
09 Once In A While
10 Talk To Me
11 Souls Valle
13 On A Misty Night
17 See See Rider
18 The Four Ninety
19 Hey Pam
20 Lady Be Good
TOTAL TIME: 77:08 min