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.
with Billy Butler, Buddy Caldwell, George Duvivier, Hampton Hawes, Reggie Johnson, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Lenny McBrowne, Idris Muhammad, Wally Richardson, and others