Thursday, 3 September 2009

Sonny Stitt ”Low Flame”

Sonny Stitt

Low Flame
( LP Jazzland Records, 1962 )
Catalog # JLP 71

Donald Duck
Close Your Eyes
Low Flame
Put Your Little Foot Right Out
Cynthia Sue
Baby Do You Ever Think Of Me
Silly Billy
Fine And Dandy

Personnel & Notes:
Sonny Stitt (as, ts)
Don Patterson (org)
Paul Weeden (g)
Billy James (d)
Recorded in NYC, April 4, 1962

Stitt plays both tenor and alto sax on this set, backed by his working band of the time: Don Patterson on organ, Billy James on drums, and Paul Weeden on guitar. This small combo jazz fits between Bebop and soul-jazz, dominated by group-penned material. Stitt gets an especially smoky tone on the ballads, particularly on the title track, which is a sultry blues number also featuring the guitarist and organ in their solo turns. Weeden distinguishes himself more as a soloist than Patterson does, particularly on the Wes Montgomery-type lines on “Silly Billy.” Prestige’s 1999 reissue of the album combines Low Flame and the entirety of Stitt’s 1964 album Shangri-La (which also features Patterson and James, though not Weeden) on the same disc.
By Richie Unterberger (AMG)

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musician3 said...

Superb!!!!....Thank You

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