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Sonny Stitt

Alyn Shipton is joined by Alan Barnes to choose the best recordings by saxophonist Sonny Stitt, one of the finest bebop tenorists and an individualist alto player.

Sonny Stitt was one of the finest bebop saxophonists, transferring the style of Charlie Parker to the tenor instrument, as well as developing his own approach to the alto. Fellow saxophonist Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose the best examples of Stitt's work, including his recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Sonny Rollins as well as the many sessions he led himself.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 29 Jan 2011 16:00


Music Played

  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Oop Bop Sh'Bam

    Composer: Gillespie / Fuller Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, tp, voc; Gil Fuller, arr, voc; Sonny Stitt, as; MiIt Jackson vib; Al Haig, p; John Collins, g; Ray Brown, b; Kenny Clarke, d. 15 May 1945.

    • Groovin’ High - The Guild Musicraft Sessions.
    • Definitive.
    • 11382.
  • The Bebop Boys

    Good Kick

    Composer: Stitt Performers: Kenny Dorham, tp; Sonny Stitt, as; Bud Powell, p; Al Hall, b; Kenny Clarke, d. 6 Sept 1946.

    • Bud Powell - Tempus Fugue-it.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 22 CD 2.
  • Sonny Stitt Quartet

    All God's Chillun Got Rhythm

    Composer: Kahn / Kaper / Juhrmann Performers: Sonny Stitt, ts; Bud Powell, p; Curley Russell, b; Max Roach, d. New York, 11 Dec 1949.

    • Bud Powell - Tempus Fugue-it.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 22 CD 3.
  • Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - Blues Up and Down

    Composer: Ammons / Stitt Performers: Gene Ammons, ts; Sonny Stitt, ts; Duke Jordan, p; Tommy Potter, b; Jo Jones, d. 5 March 1950.

  • Sonny Stitt and Roy Eldridge

    The String

    Composer: Stitt Performers: Sonny Stitt, as; Roy Eldridge, t; Oscar Peterson, p; Ray Brown b; Herb Ellis, g; Stan Levey, d. 11 Oct 1957.

    • Only The Blues.
    • Polygram.
    • 537753.
  • Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt - The Eternal Triangle

    Composer: Stitt Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, tp; Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, ts; Ray Bryant, p; Tommy Bryant, b; Charlie Persip, d. Nola Recording Studios, New York City, 19 Dec 1957.

  • Oscar Peterson and Sonny Stitt

    I Can't Give You Anything But Love

    Composer: Fields / McHugh Performers: Sonny Stitt, as; Oscar Peterson, p; Ray Brown, b; Ed Thigpen, d. 18 May 1959.

    • Oscar Peterson: A Jazz Odyssey.
    • Verve.
    • 589 780-2.
  • Sonny Stitt / Brother Jack McDuff

    When Sunny Gets Blue

    Composer: Segal / Fisher Performers: Sonny Stitt, ts; Brother Jack McDuff, org; Eddie Diehl, g; Art Taylor, d; Ray Barretto, cga. 1962.

    • Stitt Meets Brother Jack.
    • OJC / Prestige.
    • 703.
  • Sonny Stitt


    Composer: Parker Performers: Sonny Stitt, as; John Lewis, p; Jim Hall, g; Richard Davis, b; Connie Kay d. 1963.

    • Stitt Plays Bird.
    • Atlantic / WEA.
    • 1418-2.
  • Giants of Jazz


    Composer: Gillespie Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, tp; Kai Winding, tb; Sonny Stitt, as; Thelonious Monk, p; Al McKibbon, b; Art Blakey, d. Boblingen, Germany, 7 Nov 1971.

    • Unissued in Europe 1971.
    • Gambit.
    • 69301 CD 1.
  • Sonny Stitt / Barry Harris Quartet


    Composer: Durham Performers: Sonny Stitt, ts; Barry Harris, p; Sam Jones, b; Alan Dawson, d. 1972.

    • Endgame Brilliance.
    • Gambit.
    • 69269.


  • Sat 29 Jan 2011 16:00