Turn It On!

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Turn It On!
Turn It On!.jpg
Studio album by Sonny Stitt
Released 1971
Recorded January 4, 1971
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
Producer Bob Porter
Sonny Stitt chronology
Night Letter
Turn It On!
You Talk That Talk!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Turn It On! is an album by saxophonist Sonny Stitt recorded in 1971 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 "Stitt uses an electrical device (a Varitone) on his tenor that waters down his tone a bit. With organist Leon Spencer, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad setting down unrelenting grooves on most of the five numbers (including the 11-minute title cut), Stitt only seems to be making cameo appearances".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Leon Spencer except as indicated

  1. "Turn It On" - 11:10
  2. "Bar-B-Que Man" - 7:59
  3. "Miss Riverside" - 9:28
  4. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) - 3:54
  5. "There Are Such Things" (Stanley Adams, Abel Baer, George W. Meyer) - 4:01



  1. ^ Turn It On! 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. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed January 9, 2013