Multi-saxophonist Edward "Sonny" Stitt recorded with virtually every possible instrumental configuration during his long and distinguished career. During the 1960s he was often heard on record with organists, one of the most supportive of which was Brother Jack McDuff. Their 1963 quartet date, cut on McDuff’s 37th birthday, was a typically Sonny-side-up mix of forgotten standards (like "Love Nest," George Burns and Gracie Allen’s theme song) to blithely swinging blues. On the 1969 session that serves as a companion to his collaboration with McDuff, Stitt switches to the Varitone, an electronic accessory to the saxophone that he attempted to popularize. The device never caught on but more of the same canny blending of non-overworked evergreens and always-welcome blues (featuring a young guitarist named Pat Martino as part of the proceedings) is always in style.
with Jack McDuff, Leonard Gaskin, Herbie Lovelle, Gene Ludwig, Pat Martino, Randy Gelispie