LOW FLAME contains LOW FLAME (1962) and SHANGRI-LA (1964).
Personnel includes: Sonny Stitt (vocals, alto & tenor saxophones); Don Patterson (organ).
Producers include: Orrin Keepnews.
This is part of Prestige's Legends Of Acid Jazz series.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (vocals, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul Weeden (guitar); Don Patterson (organ); Billy James (drums, snare drum).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Chris Albertson; Ira Gitler.
Recording information: New York, NY (04/04/1962); Plaza Sound Studios, NY (04/04/1962); VAn Gelder Studio, Englewood Cl (04/04/1962).
Stitt plays both tenor and alto sax on this set, backed by his working band of the time: Don Patterson on organ, Billy James on drums, and Paul Weeden on guitar. This small combo jazz fits between Bebop and soul-jazz, dominated by group-penned material. Stitt gets an especially smoky tone on the ballads, particularly on the title track, which is a sultry blues number also featuring the guitarist and organ in their solo turns. Weeden distinguishes himself more as a soloist than Patterson does, particularly on the Wes Montgomery-type lines on "Silly Billy." Prestige's 1999 CD reissue of the album combines Low Flame and the entirety of Stitt's 1964 album Shangri-La (which also features Patterson and James, though not Weeden) on the same disc. ~ Richie Unterberger