Gheorghe Posted January 11, 2022 Report Share Posted January 11, 2022 I saw Sonny Stitt in 1980, it must have been in March. He traveled as a single artist but was supplied with a fantastic trio for that evening. The great Fritz Pauer on piano, the great hungarian bass professor Aladár Pege , and I think Fritz Ozmec on drums, really a superb trio. But Sonny Stitt was quite juiced. He still played well on the concert, though he did silly stuff like lecturing those three great musicians. And at one point he shouted to the audience "What do you want to hear" and one guy shouted back "Salt Peanuts", and Sonny made that grimasse and played something else (I think "They can´t take it away from me"). After the concert it was planned he would play more at the defunct club "Jazz by Freddie" with the same rhythm section and two other great austrian tenorists Harry Sokal and Roman Schwaller, but it went completly out of controll and after one jam, a Blues in Bb, where he had to sit down, he went to the piano and fooled around on the piano and tried singin.... Really a sad memory....., but the next day a three day festival "Jazz Frühling" started, with Dex, Griff, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, heaven on earth for 3 days.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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