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.