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Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do

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Blue Note

Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do

$45.00

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“One of the most soulful of all trumpeters, Blue Mitchell could be identified within two notes. Mitchell learned a bit about soul when playing with r&b bands in the 1950s and quite a lot more during his six years as a member of the Horace Silver Quintet. When he left Silver, he took the pianist's band with him including tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook, filling in Silver's spot with a youngster named Chick Corea.

On The Thing To Do, the greatest of all Blue Mitchell recordings, the band introduces the very catchy "Fungii Mama," a true Blue Note gem. Other songs by Joe Henderson ("Step Lightly"), Jimmy Heath and Corea are prime hard bop that are filled with enthusiastic ensembles and solos that are direct and exciting. The Thing To Do is not only one of the finest recordings of 1964 but one of the most memorable Blue Note recordings of the era, and it shows that Blue Mitchell was the king of soul jazz trumpet.” - Music Direct

“Blessed with a lyrically brassy tone imbued with a shade of vulnerability perfect for ballads, Mitchell absolutely reveals a confidence and zest in this finely programmed set. A young Chick Corea does for Mitchell what Herbie Hancock did for Miles: create challenging rhythmic and harmonic gambits that inspired the trumpeter to soar. The album's hit was "Fungii Mama," a bit of sly calypso in the vein Sonny Rollins has transmuted so deftly, but the most memorable selection might be the hard driving "Step Lightly," a Joe Henderson tune saxman Junior Cook handles with great elan. The rhythm team of bassist Gene Taylor and Al Foster (mysteriously identified on the CD cover as "Aloysius Foster") is supple and thoughtful.” - All About Jazz

Musicians:

  • Trumpet – Blue Mitchell
  • Piano – Chick Corea
  • Bass – Gene Taylor
  • Drums – Aloysius Foster
  • Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Tenor Saxophone – Junior Cook

Item description:

Artist:

Blue Mitchell

Title:

The Thing To Do

Label:

Blue Note

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Stereo

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original - 1964

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Hard Bop, Trumpet

Catalog No:

ST-84178

Condition:

New