Goin' Down Slow

Sonny Stitt

Goin Down Slow PRCD 24276 2
  • CAT # PRCD-24276-25

    1. Miss Ann, Lisa, Sue And Sadie 13:58
    2. Where Is Love? 3:50
    3. Living Without You 7:30
    4. Goin' Down Slow 3:50
    5. Moving Beauty 3:45
    6. Back Door 6:29
    7. Your Love Is So Doggone Good 8:17
    8. Orange Ashtray 3:41
    9. I Don't Know Yet 7:18
    10. The More I See You 5:31
    11. Speculation 3:53

One of the most exceptional and widely recorded saxophonists, Edward "Sonny" Stitt led many sessions for Prestige, from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. So Doggone Good, made in September 1972 (seven months after Goin' Down Slow, with which it's paired here), was, in fact, his final Prestige LP. Stitt (1924-1982), whose razor-sharp, voluble attack marked him as a quintessential bopper, was deeply engaged in the blues. Seven of the 11 tunes (and four of the five herein that he composed) are blues of various shades, including this set's centerpiece, the mesmerizing, extended "Miss Ann, Lisa, Sue and Sadie," featuring the leader's octet augmented by a string quartet arranged by trumpeter Thad Jones. Backed by two top-flight rhythm sections, keyed by Hank Jones or Hampton Hawes, Stitt is consistently masterful, whether playing a show tune ballad ("Where Is Love?"), a bebop burner ("Speculation"), a then-current pop tune (Randy Newman's "Living Without You"), or one of the aforementioned strong blues statements.

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