Sonny Side Up

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This article is about the 1958 album by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. For the 1960 album by Sonny Stitt, see Sonny Side Up (Roost album).
Sonny Side Up
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Studio album by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins
Released 1958
Recorded December 19, 1957 at Nola Recording Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz, bebop, hard bop
Length 37:42
Label Verve
MGV-8262
Producer Norman Granz
Dizzy Gillespie chronology
The Greatest Trumpet of Them All
(1957)
Sonny Side Up
(1957)
The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie
(1959)
Sonny Rollins chronology
A Night at the Village Vanguard
(1957)
Sonny Side Up
(1957)
Freedom Suite
(1958)
Sonny Stitt chronology
Sonny Stitt with the New Yorkers
(1957)
Sonny Side Up
(1957)
The Saxophones of Sonny Stitt
(1958)

Sonny Side Up is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and the tenor saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins, recorded in December 1957 in New York City. It was released the following year on producer Norman Granz's newly launched Verve label. As Thomas Cunniffe has written, "The pairing of Rollins and Stitt was highly inspired. More important than their common nicknames (and the punning album title), tenor saxophonists Rollins and Stitt were both influenced by Charlie Parker, but each took a vastly different approach to improvisation. Stitt transferred Parker’s white-hot intensity to the tenor after several fans and critics pointed out the tonal similarity of their alto sounds. Rollins was a more thoughtful player who expanded the vocabulary of bop improvisation by incorporating thematic elements into his solos and by experimenting with different melodic shapes and unusual phrase lengths."[1]

Pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Tommy Bryant, and drummer Charlie Persip provide the rhythm section.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) - 5:43
  2. "The Eternal Triangle" (Stitt) - 14:10
  3. "After Hours" (Avery Parrish) - 12:21
  4. "I Know That You Know" (Vincent Youmans) - 5:28

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Burt Goldblatt - cover photography
  • Nat Hentoff – liner notes

References[edit]