Saturday, December 26, 2009
Blue MITCHELL - African Violet 1977
This is a release by trumpet player Blue Mitchell on ABC/Impulse from 1977, next to some old cohorts it has many of the best session artists on it, players are Herman Riley, Sonny Burke, Lee Ritenour, Scott Edwards, James Gadson, Paulinho Da Costa, McKinley Jackson, Michael Boddicker and others. Also some background vocals and strings, yielding another nice funk-jazz album from the 70ies.
Mitchell was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began playing trumpet in high school where he acquired his nickname, Blue.
After high school he played in the rhythm and blues ensembles of Paul Williams, Earl Bostic, and Chuck Willis. After returning to Miami he was noticed by Cannonball Adderley, with whom he recorded for Riverside Records in New York in 1958.
He then joined the Horace Silver Quintet playing with tenor Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Roy Brooks. Mitchell stayed with Silver's group until the band's break-up in 1964. After the Silver quintet disbanded, Mitchell formed a group with members from the Silver quintet substituting the young pianist Chick Corea for Silver and replacing a then sick Brooks with drummer Al Foster. This group produced a number of records for Blue Note disbanding in 1969, after which Mitchell joined and toured with Ray Charles till 1971.
From 1971 to 1973 Mitchell performed with John Mayall on Jazz Blues Fusion. From the mid-70s he recorded and worked as a session man in the genres noted previously, performed with the big band leaders Louie Bellson, Bill Holman and Bill Berry and was principal soloist for Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. Other band leaders Mitchell recorded with include Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, Philly Joe Jones, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin, Al Cohn, Dexter Gordon and Jimmy Smith. Blue Mitchell kept his hard-bop playing going with the Harold Land quintet up until his death from cancer on May 21, 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49.
Scott Edwards- Bass (tracks: A2 to A4, B2)
Paulinho Da Costa- Congas (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2)
Eddie Brown- Congas, Percussion (tracks: A3, B1, B3)
Harold Mason, James Gadson- Drums (tracks: B1, B3)
Sonny Burke- Electric Piano (tracks: A1, A4, B1 to B3)
Lee Ritenour- Guitar
Sonny Burke- Piano (tracks: A2, A3)
Harold Land- Saxophone [Tenor] (tracks: A2, A3, B1 to B3) , Herman Riley (tracks: A1, A4)
Sid Sharp- The Strings, (tracks: A3, B3)
McKinley Jackson- Synthesizer (tracks: A2, A4, B3) , Michael Boddicker (tracks: A3, B1, B2)
Blue Mitchell- Trumpet (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2)
Blue Mitchell- Flugelhorn (tracks: A3, B3)
Julia Tillman Waters- Vocals (tracks: A3, B1),Luther Waters (tracks: A3, B1),Maxine Willard Waters (tracks: A3, B1),Oren Waters (tracks: A3, B1)
A1. Mississippi Jump 6:38
Composed By - Larry Nash
Double Bass - Scott Edwards
A2. Ojos De Rojo 4:04
Composed By - Cedar Walton
A3. Sand Castles 6:08
Composed By - Dana Kaproff
A4. African Violet 6:38
Composed By - Steve Hulse
B1. As 6:28
Bass - Chuck Domanico
Composed By - Stevie Wonder
B2. Square Business 8:24
Composed By - Cedar Walton
B3. Forget 6:51
Composed By - Don Sebesky
Double Bass - Chuck Domanico
Marimba - Bob Zimmitti