Sonny Stitt – It’s Magic
Delmark DD 563 (2005)
Well known for his ability to play saxophone fast, with authority over the most difficult of chord progressions, Sonny Stitt recorded his first session as leader in 1946 on Savoy, with Kenny Dorham, Bud Powell & Kenny Clarke. In 1950 he made the first of many recordings with Gene Ammons, an association that would last through three decades and produce what is probably his best known records, including Boss Tenors from 1961. It’s Magic, from 1969, is a wonderful reminder that Sonny Stitt could burn bebop (check out the marvelous rendition of “Four”) and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when he played a moving ballad (as on “Body And Soul”). With Don Patterson, organ and Billy James, drums. Enjoy!