Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

171

Sonny Stitt: "Live" At The Left Bank

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
The electric saxophone was a good idea that just didn’t work out. Sonny Stitt is able to play “alto,” “tenor” or a combination of the two synchronized in perfect harmony. The baritone sax effect is added to “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “Blues Up and Down.” His skills on the saxophone aren’t in the least diminished by this innovation. Stitt could play bebop with the dexterity and understanding that only a few could manage. The instrument’s sound, of course, isn’t natural. A reedy tone that blends the qualities of kazoo, pipe organ and harmonica with saxophone, Stitt’s electronic instrument still leaves no doubt that he’s playing bebop alto. Don Patterson and Billy James contribute to the session’s spirit. They’re tight. As a result, Stitt’s bop lines roll off complete and natural. The recorded sound is fine and the mood is all about intensity. Sonny Stitt could make bebop take the room by storm; even on a Sunday afternoon. No wonder Joel Dorn gets so excited about these things. Jazz took a left turn in the late 1940s when this new music hatched. Sonny Stitt was still making it work for club audiences when this was taped in 1971. Times have changed, but the excitement and wonder are still there. This “secret treasure” combines both the ferocious charm that emanated from Stitt’s horn and the ambience he created when working before an enthusiastic audience.

Track Listing: Deuces Wild; Samba de Orpheus; Who Can I Turn To?; Cry Me a River; John Brown

Personnel: Sonny Stitt- electric saxophone; Don Patterson- organ; Billy James- drums.

Title: "Live" At The Left Bank | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Label M

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read The Songbook Project CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Solo a Genova CD/LP/Track Review Solo a Genova
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Reaching Out CD/LP/Track Review Reaching Out
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Float Upstream" CD/LP/Track Review Float Upstream
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 26, 2017
Read "The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach" CD/LP/Track Review The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 1, 2017
Read "Strykin’ Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Strykin’ Ahead
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 30, 2017
Read "Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Onward
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 2, 2017
Read "Satori" CD/LP/Track Review Satori
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017