Saturday, December 7, 2013

sonny side up

Producer Norman Granz brought together a live jam session with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins with satisfying results on this simmering showcase.   Sonny Rollins had just released his 'Saxophone Colossus' and Sonny Stitt had just played with Gillespie on 'For Musicians Only' with Stan Getz.  

 'Sonny Side Up' is taken from the second of two sessions with the trio at at Nola Recording Studio in New York City.  For the first on December 11th, which was released as 'Duets'Stitt and Rollins played with Gillespie separately with the rhythm section of pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Tommy Bryant, and drummer Charlie Persip.  For 'Sonny Side Up', everyone played together on December 19th.   The story goes that Gillespie told each of the saxophonists during the intervening week that the other one was gunning for him.  Gillespie's trumpet is inspired by the sparks that fly between the tenors.!/album/Sonny+Side+Up/6401087

"On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) - 5:43
features a vocal by Gillespie

"The Eternal Triangle" (Stitt) - 14:10
is where it all went down with the two Sonny's battling it out in a feverish back and forth before Gillespie takes it to the next level.

"After Hours" (Avery Parrish) - 12:21
has a more laid back groove.

Dizzy Gillespie - After Hours by theUnforgettablesTv

"I Know That You Know" (Vincent Youmans) - 5:28

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