Blue Mitchell – Blue’s Moods {Riverside}[xrcd]

Review by Scott Yanow (

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.

01 – I’ll Close My Eyes
02 – Avars
03 – Scrapple from the Apple
04 – Kinda Vague
05 – Sir John
06 – When I Fall in Love
07 – Sweet Pumpkin
08 – I Wish I Knew

Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Wynton Kelly – piano
Sam Jones – bass
Roy Brooks – drums

New York City; August 24 and 25, 1960.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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