Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues

Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues

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Sonny Stitt, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Gene Bertoncini, guitar

Ron Carter, bass [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ron Carter]

Howard Collins, guitar

Herbie Hancock, organ, piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Hancock]

John Pizzarelli, guitar

Todd Sommer, vibraphone

Grady Tate, drums


1 LP, Gatefold jacket printed by Stoughton Printing 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12''



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Verve Acoustic Sounds Series 

Original Label :  Verve records

Recorded December 21 & 22, 1959 in Los Angeles, California

Mastered by Bernie Grundman

Reissued produced by by Chad Kassem

Originally released in 1970

Reissued in July 2024


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Blue Devil Blues
  2. Home Free Blues
  3. Blue Prelude
  4. Frankie And Johnny

Side B:

  1. Birth Of The Blues
  2. A Blues Offering
  3. Hymnal Blues
  4. Morning After Blues


Reviews :

"Sonny Stitt led a number of excellent record dates in 1959, especially at the end of the year when he produced three LPs for Verve over a span of three sessions with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis. Playing alto sax throughout this album, Stitt hardly sounds like a Charlie Parker clone, something that unfortunately was a frequent claim by tin-eared critics throughout a fair portion of his career. The music includes several potent originals, especially "Hymnal Blues" (which is based on an old hymn) and the slow, powerful "Morning After Blues." Even an old warhorse like "Frankie and Johnnie" (which actually dates back to the early 1800s, according to liner note writer Leonard Feather) sounds fresh in the quartet's hands, with great solos by Stitt, Levy, and Vinnegar." AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden


AllMusic 4/5 ,  Discogs 4.61 / 5

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