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Personal Appearance

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PWR 27279

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    Historically branded as a disciple of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt had a difficult time establishing his own name on his own terms. Though the similarities with Parker are undeniable--Stitt plays alto with the same blues-inflected phrasing, fleet-fingered dexterity, and progressive stream of ideas--albums like PERSONAL APPEARANCE confirm that Stitt lives up to the comparison. The saxophonist shines in the open, relaxed atmosphere here, aided in part by the accomplished yet unobtrusive backing unit comprised of bassist Edgar Willis, drummer Kenny Dennis, and pianist Bobby Timmons.
    Selections from the Great American Songbook make their requisite appearance, as Stitt and company blow through Cole Porter's "Easy to Love" and Duke Ellington's "Autumn in New York" with elegance and seeming ease. The ensemble is laid-back, yet swings intently, and Stitt takes impressive turns on the tenor saxophone. Three of the leader's originals are featured: the traditional bop "For Some Friends," the smoky, down-tempo "Blues Greasy," and the blazing, very Bird-esque "Original?" (one has to wonder if Stitt titled this piece in a gesture of self-deprecation). Though it is impossible to deny that Stitt wears his influence on his sleeve, he does so with passion, flair, and technical brilliance.

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