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by so_saxy_it_hurts
(5 posts)
6 years ago

Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

Can somebody tell me 100% who takes the first solo on "On the Sunny Side of the Street" off the album Sonny Side Up? Is it Rollins or Stitt? I have read various opinions and it seems to be split 50/50 as to who takes the first one. Thanks.

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  1. by soulkat9
    (11 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

    Don't know sorry

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  2. by kneejerk52
    (397 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

    what does it matter??

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    1. by so_saxy_it_hurts
      (5 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

      It doesn't, specifically. I like the solo, transcribed it and play it a lot, but I'd just like to know who's it was to begin with. Call it curiosity.

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      1. by MarkLavelle
        (300 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

        You've heard about what curiosity did to the cat, haven't you? ;-)

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    2. by kneejerk52
      (397 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

      ok here's my take, on "Live at the Hi Hat" listen to Stitt do "Body and soul" then listen to Rollins on Celebrating Sonny do lover man, Stitt seems to be smoother attacks and Rollins is much harder on his attacks. just my opinion it's Stitt on the first solo based on this. over all i don't care, but the eternal triangle is one great battle can't stop smiling when i hear it. have a nice day.

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    3. by kelsey
      (801 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

      Surely you can tell the difference between a tenor player and an alto player? Sonny Rollins plays tenor, Sonny Stitt plays mostly alto. Stitt plays like Bird on steriods, Rollins plays with imagination and humor and is undoubtedly the greatest living tenor player. A t least you are listening to two great players. Also, usually, the leader on the session plays first. It's probably Rollins.......Kelsey
      Barry Kelsey

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      1. by kneejerk52
        (397 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

        the leader is dizzy, they are both playing tenor on this song

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        1. by kneejerk52
          (397 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

          sorry the both play tenor on the all song on this disc, according to the credit on the leaflet

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          1. by kneejerk52
            (397 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            oh yea, surely i can tell the difference, thank you

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          2. by kelsey
            (801 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            I just listened to Sonny Side. It's a very early recording and both Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt were both really showing the influences of bird . I can see where it was hard to tell the difference. My guess is that the first tenor solo was Rollins, although he sounds like bird playing tenor. (as he did as a young man) Second solo of course the session leader Diz on trumpet, and then Sonny Stitt playing tenor. Stitt dosen't sound very comfortable on tenor. It was really fun listening to Diz sing. I had the great honor of playing with Diz a few years ago in Jacksonville Florida. He is one of my all time heros...........Kelsey
            Barry Kelsey

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          3. by Tranesyadaddy
            (279 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            I can't find my CD but if you put 'ken moran' into the youtube search engine the dude's there playing Stitt's transcribed solo. and making a pretty good fist of it too if I don't say so myself.

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          4. by Tranesyadaddy
            (279 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            I can't find my CD but if you put 'ken moran' into the youtube search engine the dude's there playing Stitt's transcribed solo. and making a pretty good fist of it too if I don't say so myself.

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          5. by Tranesyadaddy
            (279 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            who said I always double post?

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          6. by fugly
            (1 post)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            I have transcribed a huge amount of Sonny Rollins from '55 to '61 and also some of his stuff just prior to '55 with Miles and his solo album The Stopper. I agree early on he did sound like a bird disciple on tenor but this recording is Dec '57 and Rollins' individual style is well and truly apparent by now. The harder attack with his tongue at times, the staccato quaver pickup to some phrases, and the use of time delay in some phrases. These are all present in the second tenor solo. Stitt was a bopper through and through whether he had just moved to tenor or not his rhythmical phrasing would still be the same or at the least similar. The first solo has very articulate double time passages throughout (a major characteristic of stitt) and there is no delaying of time throughout any phrase (a typical bopper). They both used the same mouthpiece on this recording, although that does not mean they will sound the same but it does give them similar sound attributes. It is my strong opinion that the first solo is Stitt, nevertheless both solos sound great.

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          7. by solo
            (4 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            it's funny, i thought i could tell sonny rollins with my ears closed. after going back and listening to this track i wasn't really sure. they both sound very similiar. but that eternal triangle. amazing. i have literally smacked myself in the head while driving down the road listening to that tune.

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          8. by kneejerk52
            (397 posts)

            6 years ago

            Re: Solo on Sunny Side of the Street

            thanks man you made me laugh with that "smacked myself" stuff, mainly cause i have to agree it's hard to believe somebody is that good.

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