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    Jazz saxophonist Edward "Sonny" Stitt recorded over 100 albums in his lifetime and ventured into everything from Afro-Cuban jazz to soul jazz. He even experimented with the electric saxophone in the '60s. His main contribution, however, was to the bebop and hard bop idiom. Launching his music career in the early '40s as a member of Tiny Bradshaw's big band, Stitt was heavily influenced by Charlie Parker and went on to replace Parker in Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1945. In 1956, he shifted from alto sax to tenor sax and developed his own distinctive style that in turn influenced John Coltrane. Though Stitt performed with many jazz luminaries including Miles Davis, it was his longtime partnership with fellow saxophonist and bop pioneer Gene Ammons that yielded some of his best work. Known for his blues and ballads, this jazz great is incredible on vinyl.

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