Sonny Stitt – Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio {Verve}

Review by Review by Scott Yanow (

This CD combines a complete session that Sonny Stitt (doubling on alto and tenor) did with the 1959 Oscar Peterson Trio (which includes the pianist/leader, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Ed Thigpen) and three titles from 1957 with Peterson, Brown, guitarist Herb Ellis, and drummer Stan Levey. The music very much has the feel of a jam session and, other than a themeless blues, all of the songs are veteran standards. Highlights of this fine effort include “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “The Gypsy,” “Scrapple from the Apple,” “Easy Does It,” and “I Remember You.” Lots of cooking music.

01 – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
02 – Au Privave
03 – The Gypsy
04 – I’ll Remember April
05 – Scrapple from the Apple
06 – Moten Swing
07 – Blues for Pres, Sweets, Ben & all the Other Funky Ones
08 – Easy Does It
09 – I Didn’t Know what Time it Was
10 – I Remember You
11 – I Know that You Know

Sonny Stitt – alto & tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen, Stan Levey – drums

Recorded May 18, 1959 (tracks 1-8); October 10, 1957 (tracks 9-11)

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Gene Harris Quartet – Black & Blue {Concord}

Review by Scott Yanow (

Although there are few actual blues on Black and Blue, pianist Gene Harris gives all of the songs (whether complex standards, ballads or near-blues) a bluesy feel, adding soul and a church feeling to each of the melodies. With the assistance of guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Luther Hughes and drummer Harold Jones, Harris is in typically fine form.

01 – Another Star
02 – Black and Blue
03 – C.C. Rider
04 – Hot Toddy
05 – The Best Things in Life are Free
06 – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
07 – It Might As Well Be Spring
08 – Blue Bossa
09 – The Song is You
10 – Will You Still Be Mine

Gene Harris – piano
Ron Eschete – guitar
Luther Hughes – bass
Harold Jones – drums

Released on June 29, 1991

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans