Sonny Stitt Just The Way It Was - "Live" At The Left Bank
- Released: September 26, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Label M
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sonny Stitt with Don Patterson and Billy James, recorded at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, Maryland on March 21st, 1971!
CMJ - 10/2/00, p.30"...Captures the group on a hot night in 1971....Stitt's use of the electric saxophone now sounds more like a soulful synthesizer or keyboard..."
- 1.Deuces Wild
- 2.Samba De Orpheus
- 3.Who Can I Turn To?
- 4.Cry Me A River
- 5.John Brown's Body
- 6.The Shadow Of Your Smile
- 7.Blues Up And Down
Personnel includes: Sonny Stitt (saxophone); Don Patterson (Hammond B-3 organ); Billy James (drums).
Recorded live at the Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, Maryland on March 21, 1971. Includes liner notes by Joel Dorn.
Digitally remastered by Gene Paul & SCott Paul (DB Plus Digital Services, NewYork, New York).
This is part of Label M's Live At The Left Bank series.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (saxophone); Billy James (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Doc Pomus; Joel Dorn.
Recording information: Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, MD (03/21/1971).
Illustrator: Oliver Wasow.
Photographer: Herman Leonard.
Arranger: Sonny Stitt.
The second of two premier releases from Label M and the archives of The Left Bank Jazz Society of Baltimore, MD (along with My Foolish Heart from Stan Getz). One of Sonny Stitt's many performances for The Left Bank was recorded in March 1971 and is the source of this set. Stitt's electric saxophone, of course, is the main attraction. And while the treatment of the instrument scuttles some of its tone, with Stitt at the mouthpiece (he was the first to record the instrument, back in 1966), the electric tenor sax is more than just a novelty. The traditional "John Brown's Body" proves to be the set's highlight. ~ John Duffy
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