Blue Mitchell – The Cup Bearers {Riverside}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Trumpeter Blue Mitchell and four-fifths of the Horace Silver Quintet (with Cedar Walton in Silver’s place) perform a variety of superior songs on this CD reissue including Walton’s “Turquoise,” Tom McIntosh’s “Cup Bearers,” Thad Jones’s “Tiger Lily” and a couple of standards. The music swings hard, mostly avoids sounding like a Horace Silver group, and has particularly strong solos from Mitchell, tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook and Walton; excellent hard bop.

Tracks:
01 – Turquoise
02 – Why Do I Love You?
03 – Dingbat Blues
04 – Capers
05 – Cup Bearers
06 – How Deep is the Ocean?
07 – Tiger Lily

Personnel:
Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Junior Cook – tenor saxophone
Cedar Walton – piano
Gene Taylor – bass
Roy Brooks – drums

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City; August 28 and 30, 1962

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

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.

Tracks:
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

Personnel:
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