Sonny Stitt

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Plays Arrangements from the Pen of J. Richards And

Sonny Stitt

Fresh Sound Records

8427328606240

ZZZ 125399

FSRCD 624

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Plays Arrangements from the Pen of J. Richards And

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This CD set contains two of Sonny Stitt's earliest, most important albums.Backing his superb work on alto and tenor are bands conducted by two of the finest jazz arrangers: Johnny Richards, and Quincy Jones in one of his first and best efforts in the field. On the two sessions from 1953, Richards provides interestingly harmonized ensemble colours, and though Stitt gets most of the solo space, Kai Winding, Don Elliott, and the rhythm section also deliver some of the set's most memorable moments. The 1955 sessions are, if anything, even better. Quincy Jones’s writing is crystal clear; clean, swinging, and beautifully constructed. Stitt is again the main soloist, playing alto - his best instrument - but there are significant contributions from Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, and Jimmy Nottingham throughout.

With the power of his playing, the irresistible impact of his emotion, and the implacable certainty of his beat, Stitt proved to be the best of all those who blew directly in the Parker idiom.

Personnel on tracks #1-4:
Sonny Stitt (as, ts on #1-4), Don Elliott (mellophone),
Kai Winding (tb), Sid Cooper (ts, piccolo), George Berg (bs),
Horace Silver (p), Charles Mingus (b), Don Lamond (d).
Johnny Richards (conductor & arranger).
Recorded at Coastal Recording, New York City, on March 18, 1953.

Personnel on tracks #5-8:
Sonny Stitt (as, ts), Don Elliott (mellophone),  Kai Winding (tb),
Jerry Sanfino (ts, piccolo), George Berg (bs), Al Williams (p),
Charles Mingus (b, Jo Jones (d), Santos Miranda (conga).
Johnny Richards (conductor and arranger).
Recorded at Fulton Studios, New York City, November 16, 1953.

Personnel on tracks #9-12:
Sonny Stitt (as), Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb),
Anthony Ortega (fl, as), Seldon Powell (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Hank Jones (p)
Freddie Green (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Jo Jones (d)
Quincy Jones (conductor and arranger).
Recorded in New York City, on September 30, 1955.

Personnel on tracks #13-16:
Sonny Stitt (as), Thad Jones, Joe Newman (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb),
Anthony Ortega (fl, as), Seldon Powell (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Hank Jones (p)
Freddie Green (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Jo Jones (d).
Quincy Jones (conductor and arranger).
Recorded in New York City, on October 9, 1955.

Tracks #1-8 from the original Roost LP Sonny Stitt Playing Arrangements From The Pen Of Johnny Richards (RLP 415).

Tracks #9-16 from the original Roost LP Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From The Pen Of Quincy Jones (LP 2204).

Tracks:
01. Sancho Panza
02. Sweet and Lovely
03. If I Could Be with You
04. Hook's Tours
05. Loose Walk
06. Pink Satin
07. Shine On Harvest Moon
08. Opus 202
09. My Funny Valentine
10. Lover
11. Sonny's Bunny
12. Love Walked In
13. If You Could See Me Now
14. Quince
15. Come Rain or Come Shine
16. Stardust

Total time: 56:00 min.