Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blue MITCHELL - Function Junction 1976

Blue MITCHELL - Function Junction 1976
RCA APL-1493


Should probably rather be called Function Junktion. Yeah, it's your typical 2nd-half-of-the-70s-jazz-fusion-gone-wrong-album. But it's not that horrible. Ok, "I Am in Heaven" begins as a quite culture-negating Biergarten singalong, and the crew even manages to deny the magic of "Delilah". And the two Mitchell compositions come off as pretty questionable, too... um, what was it I wanted to mention positively? Uh yes, "Daydream" has a relatively nice carefree feel, but on (m)any other Blue Mitchell albums you'd notice its cheese. Well, we can be sure that this will not be reissued, which at least enhaces the formal value of this record.
David T. Walker , Michael Anthony- Guitar
James Gadson- Drums
Harold Land- Tenor Sax
George Young- Flute, Tenor Sax
Henry Davis- Bass (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Ron Brown- Bass (tracks: A3, A4, B1, B2)
David Moore- Cello
Gary Coleman- Percussion
Clarence McDonald- Piano
Mike Lipskin- Synthesizer, Percussion
Rod Levitt- Strings & Horns Conductor
Wayne Andre, Alan Raph- Trombon
John Gatchell , Jon Faddis- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alvin Rogers , Harold Kohon , Norman Carr- Violin
Frank Floyd , Gwendolyn Guthrie , Patti Austin- Voice
Blue Mitchell- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
A1. I'm In Heaven 5:37
       Composed By - M. Steals
A2. AM-FM Blues 4:21
       Composed By - B. Mitchell
A3. Then Came You 4:52
       Composed By - P. Pugh , S. Marshall
A4. Daydream 4:45
       Composed By - B. Strayhorn , D. Ellington , J. LaTouche
B1. Love Machine 7:19
       Composed By - B. Griffin* , P. Moore
B2. Delilah 8:11
       Composed By - V. Young
B3. Collaborations 5:15
       Composed By - B. Mitchell

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