Contains 2 LPs on 1 CD: GOIN' DOWN SLOW (1972)/SO DOGGONE GOOD (1972).
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor saxophones); Thad Jones (trumpet); Hank Jones, Hampton Hawes (piano); Billy Butler, Wally Richardson (guitar); George Duvivier, Reggie Johnson (bass); Idris Muhammad, Lenny McBrowne (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas, bells).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California on February 5 & September 13-14, 1972.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Billy Butler, Wally Richardson (guitar); Julius Brand, Herbert Baumel, David Nadien, Max Ellen (violin); Thad Jones (trumpet); Hampton Hawes, Hank Jones (piano); Lenny McBrowne, Idris Muhammad (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas, bells).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Audio Remixer: Jim Stern.
Liner Note Author: Michael Rozek.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (02/15/1972); New York, NY (02/15/1972); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (02/15/1972).
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Arrangers: Sonny Stitt; Thad Jones.
Sonny Stitt was in one of his prime periods during the early '70s and this LP finds him in particularly creative form. Best is the 14-minute "Miss Ann, Lisa, Sue and Sadie" which features Stitt, trumpeter Thad Jones, guitarist Billy Butler, and pianist Hank Jones soloing over a small string section; Jones' arrangement is quite memorable. Although the other four selections are not quite at the same level, Stitt is in top form throughout this inventive date. ~ Scott Yanow