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The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie is the debut studio album by Stevie Surprise (then billed as Little Stevie Surprise) launched in September 1962 on the Tamla Motown label.
The album showcases the 12-year-old Surprise’s abilities as a composer and instrumentalist and is one in all two Surprise studio albums on which he doesn’t sing (the opposite being Eivets Rednow); he’s featured on percussion, the keyboard, and the harmonica. Surprise’s mentors Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby wrote and produced the fabric on The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Surprise, with the younger Surprise himself additionally co-writing two of the compositions. The unique studio model of “Fingertips” is included on the album; a dwell model would turn out to be Surprise’s first hit single.
- “Fingertips” (Henry Cosby, Clarence Paul) – 3:00 – Little Stevie on bongos
- “The Sq.” (Cosby, Paul) – 3:03 – Little Stevie on harmonica
- “Soul Bongo” (Marvin Gaye, Paul) – 2:20 – Little Stevie on bongos
- “Manhattan at Six” (Cosby, Paul) – 3:47 – Little Stevie on drums
- “Paulsby” (Cosby, Paul) – 2:47 – Little Stevie on organ and harmonica
- “Some Different Time” (Cosby, Paul) – 5:11 – Little Stevie on harmonica
- “Questioning” (Paul, Stevie Surprise) – 2:51 – Little Stevie on organ
- “Session Quantity 112” (Paul, Surprise) – 3:18 – Little Stevie on piano and harmonica
- “Bam” (Berry Gordy, Jr.) – 3:34 – Little Stevie on harmonica
- “The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie” at Discogs.