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

Review by Scott Yanow (

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.

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

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