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Blue Mitchell: Blue's Moods

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (8/01, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He played trumpet with emotional authenticity and lucidity and a buoyant natural swing....he is remembered for the piquant allure of his sound, and that sound is rendered here in living color..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Roy Brooks (drums).

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 24 & 25, 1960. Originally released on Riverside (9336). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1994, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

Personnel: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Roy Brooks (drums).

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 24 & 25, 1960. Originally released on Riverside (9336). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.

Of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's seven Riverside recordings, only this set -- along with three numbers on Blue Soul -- feature Mitchell as the only horn. Joined by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Roy Brooks, the trumpeter is typically distinctive, swinging, and inventive within the hard bop genre. He performs four standards, plus Ronnell Bright's "Sweet Pumpkin," the obscure "Avars," and a pair of originals in fine fashion. ~ Scott Yanow



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