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July Jazz Birthdays

Read "July Jazz Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Celebrate and give thanks for these jazz voices—honored in this month of their births. Playlist Junior Cook “Illusion of Grandeur" from Somethin's Cookin' (Muse) 00:00 Cal Tjader “Mood For Milt" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 09:25 Cal Tjader “Cubano Chant" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 13:49 Don Patterson “S'Bout Time" from The Exciting New Organ of Don Patterson (Prestige) 17:52 Hank Jones “Confirmation" from Bebop Redux (Muse) 28:30 Charles McPherson “Si Si" from Bebop Revisited (Prestige) 35:12 Al Haig ...

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Album Review

Sonny Stitt: It's Magic

Read "It's Magic" reviewed by Samuel Chell


This 2005 release of a shelved 1969 recording should hold the greatest interest for Sonny Stitt completists. The saxophonist is estimated to have led 150 recording sessions, of which I've now managed to collect 70--but given the current scarcity of some of his best recordings, including the out-of-print date with Oscar Peterson on Verve and the supreme Endgame Brilliance on the defunct 32 Jazz label, a collector can't afford to be too choosy.As an instrumentalist, Stitt bears somewhat ...

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Sonny Stitt: It's Magic

Read "It's Magic" reviewed by Paul Olson


It isn't, though. Magic, that is. While jazz fans may perennially debate saxophonist Sonny Stitt's status as a bebop innovator (ie, how much of its vocabulary did he learn from Charlie Parker, and how much did he develop independently), no one is in disagreement about his being one of the most over-recorded of jazz players. Stitt recorded for everyone, everywhere, and his discography--and reputation--have suffered accordingly. It's Magic is a hitherto unreleased 1969 Chicago Stitt session with organist Don Patterson ...

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Sonny Stitt: Just the Way It Was: Live at the Left Bank

Read "Just the Way It Was: Live at the Left Bank" reviewed by AAJ Staff


To inaugurate his latest musical milestone--the starting of Label M--one of jazz’s most underrated production legends, Joel Dorn, has taken a set by his musical counterpart, the electrifying saxophonist Sonny Stitt, from the vaults of the Left Bank Jazz Society and put it back on vinyl (er- plastic). In doing so, he helps sustain the Society’s mission of keeping a jazzy light in the window for new and future generations.

From a sobbing rendition of "Cry Me ...

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Sonny Stitt: Just the Way It Was: "Live" at the Left Bank

Read "Just the Way It Was: "Live" at the Left Bank" reviewed by Matthew S. Robinson


To inaugurate his latest musical milestone, the starting of Label M, one of Jazz’s most underrated production legends, Joel Dorn, has taken a set of his musical counterpart, the electrifying saxophonist Sonny Stitt, from the vaults of the Left Bank Jazz Society and puts it back on vinyl (er... plastic) to sustain the Society’s mission of keeping a jazzy light in the window for new and future generations. From a sobbing rendition of “Cry Me a River" which is recognizable ...

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Sonny Stitt: Just The Way It Was - "Live" At The Left Bank

Read "Just The Way It Was - "Live" At The Left Bank" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Sonny Stitt is the other diamond in the deuce that Label M is releasing to introduce its brave new label. Another tenor sax powerhouse, Stan Getz, also is on the front line of releases. Each with his own distinctive sound, Stitt and Getz both knew how to command the attention of an audience in his own way. Getz did it through pleas and songs and unexpected accents and a comforting tone. Stitt did it through a groove and straightforward aggressive ...

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Don Patterson/Booker Ervin/Houston Person: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Derek Taylor


Patterson is in the company of two of the 60s most formidable tenors on the pair of sessions collected on this disc. Person is first to bat and fronts a quartet rounded out by Martino and James. His brawny, resonant tone is a worthy compliment to Patterson’s adroit keyboard attack and the strength of their match portends the fireworks that quickly ensue. James was Patterson’s regular drummer on most of the organist’s dates for Prestige. His understated, but supportive percussion ...


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