The Eternal Triangle

Sonny Stitt Sextet

Item# JENS006
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Uptown: UP27.27 / Recorded January 27, 1985
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Tempo Uptempo swing (rhythm changes)
Arrangement Difficulty medium
Solos Difficulty medium


Sextet Instrumentation
1st Part Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef 
2nd Part Tenor Sax, Alto Sax 
3rd Part Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax 
4th Part  
5th Part  
6th Part  
Rhythm Section Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar 
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Music Analysis
This performance features sextet voicings added to the classic 
SONNY STITT composition as recorded on the legendary 1957 Verve 
session with Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonists Stitt and Sonny Rollins.

Arranged by Don Sickler
Uptempo swing (rhythm changes)

1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax
3rd part: Trombone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar 

This bebop classic features a rhythm changes A section 
and a bridge made up of chromatic II-Vs. Simply mastering the melody 
will greatly augment one's bebop vocabulary, and the tricky 3/4 intro 
and coda will keep everybody on their toes.

SOLOS: Depending on the tempo, a reasonably experienced soloist 
should be able to navigate these straightforward bebop changes. As 
in many famous bebop tunes, there are lots of obscure II-Vs in the 
bridge that are great for becoming more familiar with some less common 

difficulty level
arr: medium
solos: medium

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Mark Elf "Eternal Triangle" Jen Bay 0002
and many more!


Stitt, Sonny
SONNY STITT (1924-1982) Originally a disciple of Charlie Parker on alto, 
Sonny Stitt developed a compelling sound of his own when he switched to 
tenor. He was in Billy Eckstine's big band at the time when it also 
included Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons and Art Blakey. He 
later played in Dizzy Gillespie's big band and sextet. He is 
particularly well-known for the tenor battles he had on many sessions he 
co-led with Gene Ammons. Stitt continued to tour and record as a leader 
until his death.