Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blue provides a pick-me-up

I needed another aural "pick-me-up" for my morning walk, so I turned to "DOWN WITH IT" by BLUE MITCHELL.
The trumpeter is joined by tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, drummer Al Foster and even young pianist Chick Corea on this 1965 album.
Mitchell crafted his band out of the remnants of the HORACE SILVER group, with Corea taking the place of that combo's pianist/leader.
This album opens with Mitchell's jazz version of "Hi-Heel Sneakers," an R&B hit. It's an appropriately cooking number to jump start a morning walk.


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