This album starts off with one of the underrated gems of the 1960s, an
exciting matchup by tenors Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves. Other than the brief
throwaway "Theme from Lord of the Flies" (producer Bob Thiele's idea), this is
very much a jam session set, with "Salt and Pepper" being a heated medium-tempo
blues and the two competitive tenors stretching out on "S'posin'" and a lengthy
"Perdido." Actually, the most memorable selection from the date is the one on
which Stitt switches to alto, "Stardust." His beautiful playing behind Gonsalves'
warm melody statement raises the session to the classic level. Also included on
this consistently exciting recording is a Sonny Stitt quartet set originally
titled Now! Although Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor) recorded scores of
quartet sessions, he sounds particularly inspired here, especially on such
offbeat material as "Estralita," the Dixieland standard "Please Don't Talk About
Me When I'm Gone," and "My Mother's Eyes." Highly recommended to bebop and
straight-ahead jazz fans.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Original Impulse Label Recording
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Hank Jones, piano
Al Lucas, bass
1. Salt and Pepper
3. Theme from Lord Po the Flies
7. Lester Leaps In
9. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
11. Never ---SH!
12. My Mother's Eyes
13. I'm Getting Sentimental over You