Monday, January 08, 2007

Sonny Stitt - Move On Over (Argo, 1963)

Sonny Stitt made many records throughout his lengthy career and a great many are still out of print. I found this one from the princely sum of $2.99 while crate digging over the weekend. It's Stitt's (tenor and alto saxophone) standard profile - bop, ballads and blues. There's no discographical information on the LP (why?) but a little Internet sleuthing comes up with Joe Diorio on guitar, Eddie Buster on Hammond, and Nicky Hill joining the front line on alto saxophone. The record kicks off in fine fashion with a swinging version of "The Lady is a Tramp" which has some strong boppish saxophone over fleet guitar and swirling organ making a happily jaunty performance. "Stormy Weather" and "Dexter's Deck" turns the heat down to medium boil with the saxophones playing off of one another. "Love Letters" also uses the two saxophone set up to its advantage with the melody being played in tandem and then the two splitting up and trading short solos in the middle of the performance. "My Mother's Eyes" and "Move On Over" are the ballads, where the gentle melodies give way to some playful sparring. This is a very solid mainstream jazz LP and is definitely worthy of being picked up if you see it in the used vinyl bins.

Send comments to: Tim