Sonny Stitt: Milestones Of A Legend (10CD)

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Sonny Stitt

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.

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  1. Ain't Misbehavin
  2. After You're Gone
  3. Stairway To The Stars
  4. Blazin'
  5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  6. Our Very Own
  7. There'll Never Be Another You
  8. Later
  9. S' Wonderful
  10. Down With It
  11. Jeepers Creepers
  12. For The Fat Man
  13. Splinter
  14. Confessin'
  15. Sonny Sounds
  16. Stitt's It


  1. Stitt's It
  2. Cool Mambo
  3. Blue Mambo
  4. Sonny Sounds
  5. Ain't Misbehaving
  6. Later
  7. P.S. I Love You
  8. This Can't Be Love
  9. Imagination
  10. Cherokee
  11. Can't We Be Friends
  12. Liza
  13. Jaws
  14. I Can't Get Started
  15. Marchin'
  16. S.O.S.


  1. Norman's Blues
  2. I Know That You Know
  3. If I Had You
  4. Alone Together
  5. Twelfth Street Rag
  6. Down Home Blues (Funky Blues)
  7. Sonny's Tune
  8. Stars Fell on Alabama
  9. Body and Soul
  10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea


  1. The String (The Eternal Triangle)
  2. Cleveland Blues
  3. B.W. Blues (Boogie Woogie Blues)
  4. Blues for Bags
  5. When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)
  6. For All We Know
  7. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  8. Cocktails for Two
  9. Star Eyes
  10. On a Slow Boat to China
  11. Laura
  12. J. B. Blues
  13. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  14. After The Late, Late Show


  1. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  2. Au Privave
  3. The Gypsy
  4. I'll Remember April
  5. Scrapple From The Apple
  6. Moten Swing
  7. Blues For Pres, Sweets, Ben And All The Other Funky Ones
  8. Easy Does It
  9. Blue Devil Blues
  10. Home Free Blues
  11. Blue Prelude
  12. Frankie And Johnny
  13. Birth Of The Blues
  14. A Blues Offering
  15. Hymnal Blues
  16. Morning After Blues


  1. You'd Be So Easy to Love
  2. Easy Living
  3. Autumn in New York
  4. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  5. For Some Friends
  6. I Never Knew
  7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  8. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
  9. Original?
  10. Avalon
  11. Blues Greasy
  12. Angel Eyes
  13. It All Depends on You
  14. Stormy Thursday
  15. Embraceable You
  16. It Could Happen to You
  17. But Not For Me
  18. Memories of You
  19. I Cried for You
  20. Bright as Snow
  21. Spinning


  1. Souls Valley
  2. Coquette
  3. On A Misty Night
  4. Stittsie
  5. Poinciana
  6. Boom-Boom
  7. Sea Sea Rider
  8. The Four Ninety
  9. Hey Pam
  10. All of Me
  11. Pam Ain't Blue
  12. Time After Time
  13. Ringin' In
  14. Nother Fu'ther
  15. When Sonny Gets Blue
  16. Thirty-Three, Ninety Six


  1. Skylark
  2. Don't Worry 'bout Me
  3. I'll Remember April
  4. Day by Day
  5. Red Top
  6. Moonray
  7. Old Fashioned Blues
  8. I Never Knew
  9. Hitsburg
  10. There Is No Greater Love
  11. The One Before This
  12. Autumn Leaves
  13. Blues Up and Down
  14. Counter Clockwise


  1. I Got Rhythm
  2. What's New?
  3. Subito
  4. If I Had You
  5. I'll Remember April
  6. Blues for Lester
  7. After You've Gone
  8. Street of Dreams
  9. The Way You Look Tonight
  10. Presto
  11. Tune Up
  12. Sonny Side Up
  13. On Green Dolphin Street
  14. The More I See You
  15. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  16. My Blue Heaven
  17. My Mother's Eyes
  18. When I Grow Too Old to Dream
  19. Bye Bye Blues
  20. I've Got the World on a String


  1. I Cover The Waterfront
  2. Lazy Bones
  3. Sunday
  4. Just Friends
  5. All Of Me
  6. Two bad days Blues
  7. It's You Or No One
  8. Blue Smile
  9. O Sole Mio
  10. Feelin's
  11. Nightmare
  12. S'posin'
  13. Look Up
  14. Goodnight, Ladies
  15. If I Should Lose You
  16. Hollerin' the Blues
  17. Stretch Pants