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Sonny Stitt – Blows The Blues (2014 24/192 FLAC)

Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues (2014 24/192 FLAC)

Sonny Stitt – Blows The Blues (2014 24/192 FLAC)

Artist: Sonny Stitt
Album: Blows The Blues
Release/Reissue: 2014
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop

01. Blue Devil Blues
02. Home Free Blues
03. Blue Prelude
04. Frankie And Johnny
05. Birth Of The Blues
06. Blues Offering
07. Hymnal Blues
08. Morning After Blues

Sonny Stitt led a number of excellent record dates in 1959, especially at the end of the year when he produced three LPs for Verve over a span of three sessions with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis. Playing alto sax throughout this album, Stitt hardly sounds like a Charlie Parker clone, something that unfortunately was a frequent claim by tin-eared critics throughout a fair portion of his career. The music includes several potent originals, especially “Hymnal Blues” (which is based on an old hymn) and the slow, powerful “Morning After Blues.” Even an old warhorse like “Frankie and Johnnie” (which actually dates back to the early 1800s, according to liner note writer Leonard Feather) sounds fresh in the quartet’s hands, with great solos by Stitt, Levy, and Vinnegar.

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