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Jerry's Listening List - episode 2

Sonny Side Up is a jazz classic. The four extended cuts, recorded in New York City in 1957, feature the incredible musicianship of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, tenor saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt; and an outstanding rhythm section with Ray Bryant on piano; Tommy Bryant on bass; and Charlie Persip on drums.

Gillespie, Rollins and Stitt are at their very best here. You’ll hear some cool standards, including “After Hours,” “I Know That You Know”; and Dizzy doing a vocal on “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” But one of my favorites and an absolute highlight of this album is a 14-minute “The Eternal Triangle” – the greatest recorded sax battle of all time. Here, Rollins and Stitt, the two tenor giants, exchange the most exciting solos and improvisation.

Sonny Side Up is considered one of the most exciting ‘‘jam session’’ records in the jazz catalog. I hope you’ll love it as much as I have

Playlist  | The Eternal Triangle | About Sonny Side Up


- Jerry