Monday, December 28, 2009

Blue MITCHELL - Graffiti Blues 1973

Blue MITCHELL - Graffiti Blues  1973
MRL 400


One of Blue Mitchell's hippest funky sets of the 70s -- an unusual little record that mixes a bit of funky harmonica with his own soulful trumpet! The approach definitely echoes a bit of the "blues" in the title -- but the groove is much more straightforward and funky -- that hard-edged approach that shows up on the best electric Mainstream sessions of the time, with a bad-stepping bottom that moves along nicely throughout! Harmonica's handled by Don Bailey, and other players include Joe Sample on keyboards, Herman Riley on tenor, Freddie Robinson on guitar, and Ray Pounds on drums. Cuts are all nice and long, quite open overall, and almost more relaxed than some of Blue's other Mainstream sessions -- and titles include "Graffiti Blues", "Yeah Ya Right", "Express", "Asso Kam", and "Dorado".
From Dusty Groove.
Blue Mitchell- Trumpet
Darrell Clayborn- Fender Bass
Ray Pounds- Drums
Freddie Robinson- Guitar
Don Bailey- Harmonica
Walter Bishop, Jr.- Piano
Joe Sample- Piano, Electric Piano
Herman Riley- Tenor Sax
A1. Graffiti Blues  7:16
A2. Yeah Ya Right  5:28
A3. Express  5:05
B1. Asso-Kam  7:23
B2. Dorado   8:58

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