Friday, November 4, 2011

Blue Mitchell - Blue's Moods (2003) [Riverside/JVC(xrcd)]

Blue Mitchell - Blue's Moods (2003) [Riverside/JVC(xrcd)]
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop | Label ~ Riverside/JVC(xrcd)

One of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's seven Riverside recordings (all of which have been reissued as CDs in the Original Jazz Classics series), 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, Ronnell Bright's "Sweet Pumpkin," and the obscure "Avars," and a pair of originals in fine fashion. ~Allmusic

01. I'll Close My Eyes (5:59)
02. Avars (4:08)
03. Scrapple from the Apple (4:01)
04. Kinda Vague (6:29)
05. Sir John (6:08)
06. When I Fall in Love (5:44)
07. Sweet Pumpkin (4:21)
08. I Wish I Knew (4:27)

Richard "Blue" Mitchell - trumpet
Wynton Kelly - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Roy Brooks - drums

Recorded August 24 and 25, 1960
Original recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews
Original recordings engineered by Ray Fowler (Plaza Sound Studios, New York)
Cover design by Ken Deardoff
Liner notes by Orrin Keepnews

Thanks to the original releaser.