Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Don Patterson With Sonny Stitt ”Brothers-4”

Don Patterson With Sonny Stitt

( LP Prestige Records, 1969 )
Catalog # PR 7738

Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Creepin’ Home
Walk On By

Personnel & Credits:
Sonny Stitt (ts, varitone)
Don Patterson (org)
Grant Green (g)
Billy James (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 15, 1969

In September 1969, regular collaborators saxophonist Sonny Stitt and organist Don Patterson recorded together for the last time. For the occasion, they were joined by guitarist Grant Green, forming something of an organ combo supergroup. Patterson's excellent regular drummer Billy James rounded out the quartet. The ten tracks they made together -- four of them found on this LP -- were not the crowning achievement for any of the principals, but they still stand in the front ranks of organ jazz. Three of the LP's tracks clock in at over eight minutes, providing lots of room for stretching out. Patterson's title track -- a classic, driving soul-jazz theme -- is the highlight. James' "Creepin' Home" moves along at a slacker, shuffling pace. Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" surprisingly becomes a vehicle for impressive solos from the three lead players, once they get through stating the corny melody. The Burt Bacharach/Hal David pop ballad "Walk on By" also features good work from the quartet. The tracks from Brothers Four, along with the other six numbers recorded at the session (they originally appeared on the Patterson LPs Donny Brook and Tune Up) can now be found compiled on a 2001 Prestige record, also entitled Brothers Four.
By Jim Todd (AMG)

By Pier

1 comment:

Bill said...

Still trying to grab all the good stuff! Thank you MFS!

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