- Released: June 21, 1990
- Label: OJC
- 1.All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
- 2.Sonny Side
- 3.Bud's Blues
- 5.Fine And Dandy - (take 1)
- 6.Fine And Dandy - (take 2)
- 7.Strike Up The Band
- 8.I Want To Be Happy
- 9.Taking A Chance On Love
- 10.Afternoon In Paris - (take 1, bonus track)
- 11.Afternoon In Paris - (take 2)
- 12.Elora - (take 1, bonus track)
- 13.Elora - (take 2)
- 14.Teapot - (take 1, bonus track)
- 15.Teapot - (take 2)
- 16.Blue Mode - (take 1)
- 17.Blue Mode - (take 2)
Full performer name: Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/J.J. Johnson.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (tenor saxophone); Bud Powell (piano); J.J. Johnson (trombone); John Lewis (piano); Nelson Boyd, Curly Russell (bass); Max Roach (drums).
Tracks 1-4 recorded on December 11, 1949. Tracks 5-9 recorded on January 26, 1950. Tracks 10-17 recorded on October 17, 1949. Originally released on Prestige (7024). Includes liner notes by Mark Gardner and Ira Gitler.
This superb CD reissues the complete output of three classic bop sessions including five "new" alternate takes. Sonny Stitt (who plays tenor throughout) is heard in a quintet with trombonist J.J. Johnson, pianist John Lewis, bassist Nelson Boyd and drummer Max Roach (playing three Johnson compositions and the original version of John Lewis's "Afternoon in Paris") and in a quartet with the great pianist Bud Powell, bassist Curly Russell and Max Roach. The latter two sessions are highlighted by rapid versions of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," "Strike up the Band" and "Fine and Dandy." Highly recommended music. ~ Scott Yanow