Sonny Stitt Stitt's Bits: Bebop Recordings 1949-1952 [Box Set] (3-CD Box Set)

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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Prestige

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - p.107
"Sonny Stitt played on a higher level than 99 percent of all jazz saxophonists who've ever lived....An essential, even fascinating, document."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Afternoon in Paris - (Take 1)
  • 2.Afternoon in Paris - (Take 2)
  • 3.Elora - (Take 1)
  • 4.Elora - (Take 2)
  • 5.Teapot - (Take 1)
  • 6.Teapot - (Take 2)
  • 7.Blue Mode - (Take 1)
  • 8.Blue Mode - (Take 2)
  • 9.All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  • 10.Sonny Side
  • 11.Bud's Blues
  • 12.Sunset
  • 13.Strike Up the Band
  • 14.Strike Up the Band - (alternate take, alternate)
  • 15.I Want to Be Happy
  • 16.Taking a Chance on Love
  • 17.Fine and Dandy - (Take 1)
  • 18.Fine and Dandy - (Take 2)
  • 19.Avalon
  • 20.Later
  • 21.Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 22.Mean to Me
  • 23.Stairway to the Stars
  • 24.Bye Bye
  • 25.Let It Be

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Blues Up and Down - (Take 1)
  • 2.Blues Up and Down - (Take 2)
  • 3.Blues Up and Down - (Take 3)
  • 4.You Can Depend on Me - (Take 1)
  • 5.You Can Depend on Me - (Take 2)
  • 6.Touch of the Blues
  • 7.Dumb Woman Blues
  • 8.Chabootie
  • 9.Who Threw the Sleeping Pills in Rip Van Winkle's Coffee?
  • 10.Gravy (aka Walkin')
  • 11.Easy Glide
  • 12.Count Every Star
  • 13.Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • 14.There Will Never Be Another You
  • 15.Blazin'
  • 16.Back in Your Own Back Yard
  • 17.Sweet Jennie Lou
  • 18.Vie en Rose, La
  • 19.Seven Eleven
  • 20.To Think You've Chosen Me
  • 21.After You've Gone
  • 22.Our Very Own
  • 23.'S Wonderful
  • 24.Stringin' the Jug
  • 25.Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Jeepers Creepers
  • 2.Imagination
  • 3.Cherokee
  • 4.'Round About One A.M.
  • 5.Jug
  • 6.Wow
  • 7.Blue and Sentimental
  • 8.Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
  • 9.Can't We Be Friends
  • 10.New Blues Up and Down
  • 11.The Thrill of Your Kiss
  • 12.If the Moon Turns Green
  • 13.P.S. I Love You
  • 14.This Can't Be Love
  • 15.Down with It
  • 16.For the Fat Man
  • 17.Splinter
  • 18.Confession'
  • 19.Undecided
  • 20.(It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  • 21.Because of Rain
  • 22.Charmine
  • 23.Cool Mambo
  • 24.Sonny Sounds
  • 25.Blue Mambo
  • 26.Stitt's It

Product Description:

Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Teddy Williams, Larry Townsend (vocals); Joe Newman Quartet , Bill Massey (trumpet); Eli Dabney (trombone); John Richard Lewis, John Houston (piano); Gene Ammons (vocals, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); John Hunt (trumpet); J.J. Johnson , Matthew Gee, Bennie Green (trombone); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson, Duke Jordan, Charles Bateman, Junior Mance, Bud Powell (piano); Wesley Landers, Jo Jones , Max Roach, Art Blakey, Shadow Wilson, Teddy Stewart (drums); Humberto Morales (timbales); Eli Dabney, Chippy Outcalt, Larry Townsend, Earl May, Ernie Shepard, Gene Wright, Joe Newman , Johnny Houston, Kenny Drew, Teddy Williams, Tommy Potter, Nelson Boyd.
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Harvey Pekar.
Recording information: New York, NY (10/17/1949-02/25/1952).
Photographers: Ted Williams ; Paul J. Hoeffler; Chuck Stewart.
Occasionally undervalued because his alto playing strongly resembled Charlie Parker's, saxophonist Sonny Stitt was no bebop knock-off. There were many musicians tilling the same soil in the mid 1940s, and though Stitt (who also played tenor) wasn't as innovative as Parker, he was most assuredly a cutting-edge bop player in his own right. STITT'S BITS collects Sonny-led sessions from 1949 to 1952, as well as sessions with groups led by J.J. Johnson, Bud Powell, and a combo co-led with Gene Ammons. These, along with astute booklet notes by writer and AMERICAN SPLENDOR icon Harvey Pekar, make BITS an essential block of jazz history.

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