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Sonny Stitt in New York

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Right - I see Larry, the record you were talking about was 'Sonny Stitt' by Sonny Stitt - Argo 629, not 'Burnin'' - this one, apparently

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That's been reissued by Fresh Sound under the title 'Burnin'' - like this

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That CD contains 'Sonny Stitt' and 'Burnin'' - which looks like this

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Pity Fresh Sound didn't use the 'Burnin'' sleeve.

MG

To assess the difference between those two coupled Argo dates, compare Stitt's playing on the two otherwise identical blues -- "Propapagoon" from the first and "I'll Tell You Later" from the second. "Propapagoon" is inspired, "I'll Tell You Later" is a fairly damp squib. (Let me modify that, having just relistened -- it's certainly got its moments, but is nowhere near as coherent.) This is "Propapagoon," despite what the YouTube clip says -- rather harshly transferred (fake stereo?) but still:

This is "I'll Tell You Later":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deltpG3LOnI

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I liked Sonny Stitt from the first moment on. Since I was crazy about bop I was glad to hear him in the 70´s and I love his recordings from that time, for the Muse label I think.

The first impression I had about Sonny Stitt was a funny one:

During the 70´s we still had a good TV program, just two channels that´s all. On the second channel they had Jazz sometimes and there was a documentary about be bop once. I was just a kid, and didn´t know all the names, Bird, Bud, Diz, Fats of course, but not all of ´em. And there was Dizzy playing "Wee".....I remember that. It was with Sonny Stitt and I don´t remember the rhythm section but it was an electric bass, which upset me at that time, since I thought bop might be played with a bass fiddle.....

Well, I didn´t know who it was on alto, but I saw that "old man" as I guessed. He played wonderful, all the stuff that I loved so much from Bird. Who might that old man be ? He sure knew Bird, but he might be older than Bird would be now, and he sure is older than Diz....., that was my impressions when I was a kid. He looked "old" to me, but played like a God....who might that be, that misterious old man who plays all that shit Bird played, but not copying him, playin his own.

Eventually I saw him on a record cover and recognized him. Was quite astonished he´s much younger, born 1924, 7 years younger than Diz, 4 years younger than Bird......

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Stitt sounds great in the quinter part this clip, mho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEqVr3THoxw

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