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Sonny Stitt: Blows The Blues LP (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series)

Sonny Stitt

Verve, 1960

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" and the slow, powerful "Morning After Blues."

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. Blues Offering
  3. Hymnal Blues
  4. Morning After Blues

The Verve By Request Series features 180-gram vinyl, pressed at Third Man in Detroit.