Blogging has been sporadic (at best) lately because I’m into a non-Rifftides writing project about Chet Baker that is taking even longer than I thought it would. I’ll fill you in on it when I come up for air.
In the meantime, let’s remember the February 2nd birthdays of two saxophonists, Stan Getz (b. 1927) and Sonny Stitt (b. 1924). In the pictures, Getz is on the left. In the video below, they are together in Los Angeles in 1956. The front line also includes Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. The rhythm section is John Lewis, piano; Herb Ellis, guitar; Ray Brown, bass; Stan Levey, drums. Take a deep breath, then press the arrow on the video.
In case you didn’t notice, that is from the essential album For Musicians Only, which is still in circulation, thank goodness.