Sonny Stitt Lone Wolf: The Roost Alternatives Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
Lacquers Cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio!
Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands!
The name Sonny Stitt should be familiar to those that love jazz. Stitt was an
important architect in the language of bebop and was an avid disciple of Charlie
Parker, playing both alto and tenor from the 1950s to the early 1980s. By age
20, he was already a professional musician, playing alto saxophone with the Tiny
Bradshaw band. A high profile stint with Billy Eckstine’s big band; a hotbed of
bebop innovators followed in 1945. A string of stellar small group sessions in
the late ‘40s with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Clarke, Fats Navarro and
Bud Powell among others earned him the renown as an outstanding modern saxophone
virtuoso. Teddy Reig, who had produced Stitt’s many appearances on Savoy
sessions, had started Roost Records in 1949 and was quick to record Stitt after
the dissolution of the Ammons-Stitt band. Reig would continue to produce a
series of magnificent Stitt albums until 1965. True to his lone wolf nature,
Stitt would record throughout this period as a non-exclusive artist, making
albums for Verve, Prestige, Argo and Impulse among others. Roost did not have
the budget and distribution that other labels enjoyed, so much of his work here,
despite its excellence, did not garner the sales or reputation that it deserved.
Sonny Stitt was a true improviser and his solos on these alternate takes differ
substantially from the later takes chosen to be the masters. Some of them were
uncovered by Teddy Reig in 1986 for an LP entitled Symphony Hall Swing. The rest
were first released on the 2001 Mosaic CD collection The Complete Roost Sonny
Stitt Studio Sessions.
This new collection of alternate takes make their debut on vinyl. Includes brand
new artwork featuring Francis Wolff photos and liner notes from jazz producer
Michael Cuscuna. The album is pressed on 180g vinyl and housed in a single
pocket tip-on numbered jacket.
Cut to lacquers at Sam Phillips Recording Studio, pressed on 180g vinyl at
Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a single pocket tip-on jacket.
Fans to vote for favorite cover art from 4 options.
• Strict One Time Pressing based on preorders received
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Cut to lacquers at Sam Phillips Recording Studio
• Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands
• Alternate takes
Personnel on tracks A1-A4: Sonny Stitt (ts), Fletcher Peck (p), John Simmons (b)
Jo Jones (d) NYC 11/20/52
Personnel on tracks A5 & A6: Sonny Stitt (as), Hank Jones (p), Freddie Green
(g), Wendell Marshall (b), Shadow Wilson (d), NYC 12/15/55 and 12/16/55
Personnel on tracks A7: Personnel: Sonny Stitt (as) Dolo Coker (p), Edgar Willis
(b), Kenny Dennis (d) NYC late 1956 or 1/23/57
Personnel on tracks B1 & B2: Sonny Stitt (as) Dolo Coker (p), Edgar Willis (b),
Kenny Dennis (d) NYC late 1956 or 1/23/57
Personnel on tracks B3-B5: Personnel: Sonny Stitt (as), Hank Jones (p), Wendell
Marshall (b), Shadow Wilson (d), Nola’s Penthouse Sound NYC 8/30/57
1. They Say It's Wonderful
2. Why Do I Love You
3. Symphony Hall Swing
4. Sonny's Bunny
5. The Nearness of You
6. If I Should Lose You
7. Sweet Georgia Brown
1. Blues For Yard (Alt take 1)
2. Harlem Nocturne
3. Engos, The Bloos
4. People Will Say We're In Love
5. It Might As Well Be Spring