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

Charlie Rouse Quintet – Takin’ Care of Business {Jazzland}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Charlie Rouse’s debut as a leader (not counting his earlier work co-leading Les Jazz Modes with the great French horn player Julius Watkins) was made for Jazzland and is available as an OJC CD. The distinctive tenor saxophonist, who had just started a decade-long stint as a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet, teams up with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Earl May, and drummer Art Taylor. Together they perform straight-ahead material including Rouse’s own uptempo “Upptankt,” the standard “They Didn’t Believe Me,” and songs by Mitchell, Kenny Drew, and Randy Weston. A fine modern mainstream jam session-flavored set.

Tracks:
01 – Blue Farouq
02 – “204”
03 – Upptankt
04 – Wierdo
05 – Pretty Strange
06 – They Didn’t Believe Me

Personnel:
Charlie Rouse – tenor sax
Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Walter Bishop – piano
Earl May – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded in New York; May 11, 1960.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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