When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sonny Stitt - Sonny's Blues (Up Front lp)

Not the live record from Ronnie Scott's nor the recording done just a year before his death but another record with the same title.
 This blog has always been about the music I love with no pretensions towards rare or obscure recordings. I'm pretty sure the sessions on this very short release have been available elsewhere but this seems to be the only examples I have in my collection.
 Clocking in at a mere half hour, my first exposure to these recordings were a cassette tape most likely purchased at a 7-11 type joint for 2 bucks when that was a more common occurrence. Needless to say I had only dim fond recollections of the music when I ran across this lp at a flea market a couple of weeks ago. Not the best sounding recording but now I have another 2 dollars wrapped up so I thought I would share. And I fing I still dig the title tune as much as I remember.

Not a lick of info on the sleeve but that's where completists and other record geeks come in. Your turn to shine. Fill us in if you can.

Sonny's Blues

1. Star Eyes
2. Autumn In New York
3. Sonny's Blues



Hookfinger said...

Dig it cats and kittens...


E-mile said...

thanks Hooky, it was a nice surprise!

flat5 said...

An E-Bay reviewer/customer say:

This is Upfront UPF-196, Sonny’s Blues, featuring a 1966 concert or broadcast of Stitt with unknown piano,
bass, and drums.

flat5 said...

I've cleaned it up, Hook.
Let me know if you want it.

This is a VERY good set!

Frasco said...

Thank you very much, Hook. Besides that it's a quartet I can't tell nothing else!

Jumpinjeep said...


Anonymous said...

Sonny Stitt (as, ts), acc by p, b, dm.
Concert and/or broadcast.
Late 1956.
Released on:
Up Front UPF-196,
Jazz Greats 630,

Hookfinger said...

Thanks all!! Nice to see ya round these parts e-mile!!

OldHippieRick said...

RCA Studios NYC, NY. Nov, 1956 with
Sonny Stitt,(as, ts);
Jimmy Jones,(piano);
Ray Brown,(bass);
Philly Jo Jones,(drums).
for a Radio Broadcast a "Pal Mal" show is all I know..

Hookfinger said...

Look at this...Rick comes through with some real info. Thanks man!

Dirk Bill said...

Awesome stuff! I always liked this label because they seemed to scoop up the obscure and unissued/ignored sessions; they would put out anything. This is a pretty great session, and I notice at the end of the last cut ("Sonny's Blues") that Stitt gets his Eddie Harris on with some electric sax! Thanks Hook!