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Blue MITCHELL – Big Six 1958

Posted in Blue MITCHELL, JAZZ on November 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Blue MITCHELL – Big Six 1958
1991 Issue.


At a time when most young trumpet players were modeling themselves on Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, or Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell was a new quality. With his precision, harmonic ingenuity, and a hint of melancholy in his warm tone that suggested the mellowness of a cornet, Mitchell brought modern excitement contrasted with a lyricism that was somehow old-fashioned. This is Mitchell at 28, in his first album as a leader, recommended to Riverside’s Orrin Keepnews by Cannonball Adderley and living up to Adderley’s enthusiastic billing. Teamed with five of the major players of the day, Mitchell not only holds his own but is clearly in command of the proceedings. Mitchell had arrived in New York from Florida fully equipped for the fame that he would shortly achieve.
Trumpeter Blue Mitchell was a virtual unknown when he recorded this Riverside album, his first as a leader. Now reissued on CD in the OJC series, Mitchell is heard in excellent form in an all-star sextet with trombonist Curtis Fuller, tenor great Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In addition to some group originals, obscurities, and the standard “There Will Never Be Another You,” the group also plays the earliest recorded version of Benny Golson’s “Blues March,” predating Art Blakey’s famous recording.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Blue Mitchell- Trumpet
Curtis Fuller- Trombon
Johnny Griffin- Tenor Sax
Wynton Kelly- Piano
Wilbur Ware- Bass
Philly Joe Jones- Drums
01. Blues March 10:25
02. Big Six 6:45
03. There Will Never Be Another You 5:05
04. Brother ‘Ball 7:27
05. Jamph 3:49
06. Sir John 8:08
07. Promenade 1:40
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