- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atlantic 1395 (1962)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sonny Stitt was a true jazz legend with a career that spanned five decades and earned him enormous notoriety and success. Simply put, this is one of the jazz legends' greatest efforts. Stitt's playing is truly put to the test with this stunning array of songs. Highlights include "Coquette," "Poinciana" and "On A Misty Night."
- 1.Souls Valley
- 3.On A Misty Night
- 7.Sea Sea Rider
- 8.The Four Ninety
- 9.Hey Pam
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sonny Stitt; Perri Lee, Perri Jones (organ); Joe Benjamin (bass instrument); Reunald Jones, Blue Mitchell, Dick Vance (trumpet); Willie Ruff (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Matthew Gee (trombone); Duke Jordan (piano); Philly Joe Jones, Frank Brown (drums).
Recording information: 07/16/1962-07/17/1962.
Arrangers: Jimmy Mundy; Tadd Dameron.
This LP features altoist Sonny Stitt accompanied by a nonet playing arrangements by either Tadd Dameron or Jimmy Mundy. The charts give this Stitt album more variety than usual, and the superior material (which includes "On a Misty Night," "Poinciana" and Stitt's "Hey Pam") challenges the saxophonist to play at his best; trumpeter Blue Mitchell also has a couple of spots. This recommended session was reissued for the first time on CD by the Collectables label in 2004. ~ Scott Yanow & Al Campbell