Night Letter (album)

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Night Letter
Night Letter (album).jpg
Studio album by Sonny Stitt
Released 1969
Recorded October 27, 1969
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
Producer Bob Porter
Sonny Stitt chronology
Night Letter
Turn It On!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Night Letter is an album by saxophonist Sonny Stitt recorded in 1969 and released on the Prestige label.[3] The album features Stitt using the varitone, an electronic amplification device which altered the saxophone's sound.[4]


Allmusic reviewed the album stating "He plays with the usual surging intensity, but the album doesn't have as much excitement as similar dates done before and after it".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Stitt except as indicated

  1. "Night Letter" - 5:15
  2. "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" (Clarence Muse, Leon René, Otis René) - 4:07
  3. "Stringin' the Jug" (Gene Ammons, Stitt) - 5:20
  4. "Pretend" (Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman, Frank LeVere) - 3:45
  5. "Blue String" - 6:20
  6. "You'll Never Know" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) - 4:00
  7. "Blues Walk" - 5:55



  1. ^ Night Letter (compilation) Allmusic Review, accessed January 9, 2013
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 185. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Prestige Records Discography accessed January 9, 2013
  4. ^ Myers, M. Sonny Stitt: Varitone Redux, All About Jazz, December 20, 2011
  5. ^ Wynn, R. Allmusic Review, accessed January 9, 2013