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Sonny Stitt: Over Five Years - The Audiophile Man
Title: Lone Wolf: The Roost Alternates Label: Run Out Groove A man with a sax, Sonny Stitt was skilled on both tenor and alto although if you shoved an alto in his hands he would blow like Charlie Parker. That said, his Lester Young side would emerge if you replaced that with a tenor. His uptempo work could be dazzling and experimental but I personally prefer his balladic approach which is both thoughtful and beautifully structured. Stitt played with many of the greats from Billy Eckstine in the 40s to Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell then Gillespie again in the 50s. During this time, before he would join Miles Davis in 1960, Stitt collected a number of sessions on the Roost label (launched by producer, Teddy Reig) and the tracks here span 1952-1957. The company was a minor player – compared to the likes of Verve and Prestige, at any rate. So getting the Sonny Stitt Roost sessions ‘out there’ and in shops was a tough call when the pockets were so shallow. These limited-edition tracks (contained within one of four different cover designs) are alternatives to the originals heard on albums such as 37 Minutes and 48 Seconds (1956) …