Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sonny STITT - 12! 1972

Sonny STITT - 12! 1972
1999 Issue


Sonny Stitt was in prime form in the early '70s when he recorded two classics: Tune Up and Constellation. 12! from a year later tends to get overlooked but this album is also one of the saxophonist's most rewarding recordings. Assisted by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, Stitt (switching between alto and tenor) is in superb form on five standards and two blues; highlights include "I Got It Bad," "Every Tub" and "Our Delight."
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
But as mainstream acoustic jazz was heading into a decade of decline, Stitt produced two warmly received hard-bop quartet records, Tune Up! and Constellation. All of a sudden, everyone noticed that Stitt had the best pure chops of them all: the greatest saxman "pound for pound." 12! followed later in 1972 and did nothing to change anyone's minds. Backed by an old-hand rhythm section of Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes, Stitt's tenor roars through the 12-bar title track and Count Basie's "Every Tub" with ever-building intensity and an endless array of licks. In between, he switches to alto for a tender reading of Ellington's "I Got It Bad"--the deliciously cuddly side of the big, bad bear. In terms of sheer force and flawless execution, Stitt was the undisputed champion of the hard-bop blowing session.
By Marc Greilsamer.
Barry Harris - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Louis Haye - drums
Sonny Stitt - sax
01. 12! 5:21
02. I Got It Bad 4:16
03. I Never Knew 6:41
04. Our Delight 5:29
05. Night Has a Thousand Eyes 44:55
06. Blues at the Tempo 6:53
07. Every Tub 7:11

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