Endgame Brilliance: Constellation & Tune-Up

Performers Sonny Stitt

May 17, 2007 | Compact Disc

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ENDGAME BRILLIANCE was originally released as 2 separate records; CONSTELLATION (Muse 5323) and TUNE-UP! (Muse 5334).
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Roy Brooks, Alan Dawson (drums).
CONSTELLATION was recorded at RCA studio, New York, New York on June 27,1971.
TUNE-UP! was recorded at RCA studio, New York, New York on February 8th, 1972.
The 32 Jazz series is produced By Joel Dorn for The Masked Announcer.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Sonny Stitt.
Although the "endgame" part of this CD's title is not quite accurate (the sets from 1972 were made a decade before Sonny Stitt's passing), the "brilliance" definitely fits. Two of the prolific saxophonist's most exciting sessions ever were his Muse albums, Constellation and Tune-Up. This essential single CD reissues the complete contents of both dates. Strangely enough, Constellation is listed in this set as having been recorded June 27, 1971 (it is actually from 1972), and thus cut earlier, so it takes up the first (rather than the second) half of this CD. On both dates, Stitt (doubling on tenor and alto) is joined by the superb bop pianist Barry Harris and bassist Sam Jones with either Roy Brooks or Alan Dawson on drums. Stitt, who recorded many quartet sets through the years, was very inspired on both of these occasions. His renditions of "Constellation," "Webb City," "Just Friends," and "Groovin' High" in particular are quite memorable. The high point is a nine-and-a-half-minute version of "I Got Rhythm" that features the classic saxophonist first taking a long solo on tenor and then following it up with an equally stunning flight on alto. A master of the bebop vocabulary, the competitive Sonny Stitt would have deserved fame if he had only recorded these two sessions and not bothered with the other 150 albums he led. This CD is essential for all bebop collections. ~ Scott Yanow

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2007

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 8436028692699

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Endgame Brilliance: Constellation & Tune-Up

Performers Sonny Stitt
Guest Artist(s) Alan Dawson, Barry Harris, Roy Brooks, Sam Jones

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2007

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 8436028692699


Title Track Time
1.Tune-Up --
2.I Can't Get Started --
3.Idaho --
4.Just Friends --
5.Blues For Prez and Bird --
6.Groovin' High --
7.I Got Rhythm --
8.Constellation --
9.Ghost of a Chance, A --
10.Webb City --
11.By Accident --
12.Ray's Idea --
13.Casbah --
14.It's Magic --
15.Topsy --

Editorial Notes

ENDGAME BRILLIANCE was originally released as 2 separate records; CONSTELLATION (Muse 5323) and TUNE-UP! (Muse 5334).
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Roy Brooks, Alan Dawson (drums).
CONSTELLATION was recorded at RCA studio, New York, New York on June 27,1971.
TUNE-UP! was recorded at RCA studio, New York, New York on February 8th, 1972.
The 32 Jazz series is produced By Joel Dorn for The Masked Announcer.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone).
Liner Note Author: Sonny Stitt.
Although the "endgame" part of this CD's title is not quite accurate (the sets from 1972 were made a decade before Sonny Stitt's passing), the "brilliance" definitely fits. Two of the prolific saxophonist's most exciting sessions ever were his Muse albums, Constellation and Tune-Up. This essential single CD reissues the complete contents of both dates. Strangely enough, Constellation is listed in this set as having been recorded June 27, 1971 (it is actually from 1972), and thus cut earlier, so it takes up the first (rather than the second) half of this CD. On both dates, Stitt (doubling on tenor and alto) is joined by the superb bop pianist Barry Harris and bassist Sam Jones with either Roy Brooks or Alan Dawson on drums. Stitt, who recorded many quartet sets through the years, was very inspired on both of these occasions. His renditions of "Constellation," "Webb City," "Just Friends," and "Groovin' High" in particular are quite memorable. The high point is a nine-and-a-half-minute version of "I Got Rhythm" that features the classic saxophonist first taking a long solo on tenor and then following it up with an equally stunning flight on alto. A master of the bebop vocabulary, the competitive Sonny Stitt would have deserved fame if he had only recorded these two sessions and not bothered with the other 150 albums he led. This CD is essential for all bebop collections. ~ Scott Yanow
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