Sonny Stitt : Autumn In New York

Stardust - 3.49
Cherokee - 4.16
Autumn In New York - 4.47
The Gypsy - 3.39
Lovermann - 5.19
Matter Horns - 10.55
Hello - 7.00
Night Work - 7.32

Sonny Stitt was a great saxophone player, both tenor and alto. Sonny Stitt was not a Charlie Parker wannabe, a rap that bedeviled him throughout his distinguished career. Born in Boston in 1924, Stitt was a master improviser in the bop tradition—playing the chord changes. He cut his teeth at Minton’s in New York, the birthplace of bop, and he honed his skills with giants—Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Gene Ammons, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey, to name a few. Autumn in New York is a compilation of two widely separated sessions. The first was at New York’s Birdland circa 1962, the second at a studio in Zurich five years later. For the studio cuts, Stitt was joined, quite impressively, by drummer Kenny Clarke, pianist Walter Bishop and trumpeter Howard McGhee. The Birdland sessions were done with an unnamed rhythm section. Still, it’s these live pieces that best showcase Stitt’s wonderful way with a solo. Listen to him think at warp speed on “Cherokee,” for example, or his easy way with the title cut. And how can we ignore a tune called “Matter Horns,” whose composers were named Eiger and Jungfrau? 1. Stardust (c)3:49, 2. Cherokee (c) 4:16, 3. Autumn In New York (c) 4:47, 4. The Gypsy (c) 3:39, 5. Loverman (a) 5:19, 6. Matter Horns (b)10:55, 7. Hello (b) 7:00, 8. Night Work (b) 7:32 (a) Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone), Walter Bishop (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums), (b) as shown above plus Howard McGhee (trumpet), (c) Sonny Stitt alto saxophone with unknown piano, bass and drums accompaniment (a) and (b) Recorded in Turicop Studios, Zurich October 18, 1967, (c) Recorded at Birdland, New York, c. 1962.

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