The Jazz Show Episode February 2, 2015

Broadcast on 02-Feb-2015

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Tenor and Alto Saxophone Giant Sonny Stitt: "Personal Appearance".

Sonny Stitt was in many ways a misunderstood Jazz giant and he, at least as far as his alto saxophone work is concerned, had to live with being referred to as a Bird imitator. Stitt had the same musical influences as Charlie Parker but despite some surface similarities, they were very different players. Stitt later took up the tenor saxophone and the baritone saxophone. His tenor playing was equally as distinctive as his alto work. The few recorded evidences of his baritone work were authoritative too. He gave up the big bari stating that it was a pain to lug around! Stitt made hundreds of records usually with just piano, bass and drums. Later he liked the organ, guitar drums format. Stitt wasn't a joiner and formed very few working bands when he did as in the case of our Jazz Feature, they were short lived. This album is one of Stitt's own favorites and it's called "Personal Appearance". The rhythm section had been together for several months and it shows as Stitt had worked with these men for quite a while. The pianist is a young Bobby Timmons, about a year away from joining The Jazz Messengers. Bassist Edgar Willis is pliant and strong and he would later join Ray Charles for many years. Kenny Dennis is the young drummer who went on to record with Miles Davis and others. The program is the usual Stitt fare of great standards and original compositions by Sonny bassed on the blues or I Got Rhythm changes Personal Appearance is one of Sonny's personal bests.

Track Listing:

Easy To Love
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Easy Linving
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Autumn In New York
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
For Some fFiends
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
I Never Knew
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
East of The Sun
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Original?
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Avalon
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Blues Greasy
Sonny Stitt · Personal Appearance
Dark Eyes
Dizzy Gillespie · For Musicians Only
Wee.
Dizzy Gillespie · For Musicians Only
Mandela
Abdullah Ibrahim · Water From An Ancient Well
Tutu
Miles Davis · Tutu
Martin Luther King Jr. I know Love
Cecil Payne · Zodiac
Old Folks
Max Roach · Award Winning Drummer
Sadiga
Max Roach · Award Winning Drummer
Gandolfo's Bounce
Max Roach · Award Winning drummer
This Can't Be Love
John Alcorn/Karen Plato · Quiet Night
Thou Swell
John Alcorn/Karen Plato · Quiet Night
Plenty Plenty Soul
Milt Jackson · Plenty Plenty Soul
Boogity Boogity
Milt Jackson · Plenty Plenty Soul