This release contains Blue Mitchell’s complete original LP Blue’s Moods (Riverside RLP336), the first album the trumpeter ever recorded entirely in a quartet format. He is backed by a wonderful rhythm section including Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on drums. Mitchell and Kelly had first recorded together for Mitchell’s 1958 album Big Six (Riverside RLP12-273), a sextet LP (as its title clearly indicates) on which saxophonist Johnny Griffin, trombonist Curtis Fuller, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Philly Joe Jones were also featured.
The LP marked Mitchell’s first album as a leader, and contained a single quartet track, “There’ll Never Be Another You” (Mitchell’s first quartet recording ever, the song has been added as a bonus at the end of our CD). Blue Mitchell’s third album as a leader, Blue Soul (Riv RLP12-309), was a sextet project (with Curtis Fuller on trombone, Jimmy Heath on tenor sax, Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums) taped over three sessions in late September 1959. The third of these sessions, included here in its entirety as a bonus, was taped in a quartet format with Blue Mitchell as the only horn. Blue’s Moods, the aforementioned session for Blue Soul and the single track from Big Six, have been compiled on this edition, which constitutes Mitchell’s complete quartet recordings as a leader up to 1961, as well as all of his quartet recordings ever with Wynton Kelly.
1-8: Blue’s Moods
BLUE MITCHELL, trumpet
WYNTON KELLY, piano
SAM JONES, bass
ROY BROOKS, drums
New York, August 24 & 25, 1960.
9-13: from Blue Soul
Same personnel as 1-8 except PHILLY JOE JONES (d) replaces Brooks.
New York, September 30, 1959.
14: from Big Six
Same personnel as 1-8 except WILBUR WARE (b)
replaces Sam Jones & PHILLY JOE JONES (d) replaces Brooks.
New York, July 2, 1958.
1. I’LL CLOSE MY EYES 5:56
2. AVARS 4:07
3. SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE 4:00
4. KINDA VAGUE 6:28
5. SIR JOHN 6:06
6. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE 5:42
7. SWEET PUMPKIN 4:19
8. I WISH I KNEW 4:26
9. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT 3:22
10. PARK AVENUE PETITE 3:59
11. BLUE SOUL 4:10
12. PARK AVENUE PETITE [alt. tk.] 5:10
13. BLUE SOUL [alt. tk.] 6:33
14. THERE’LL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU 5:03
TOTAL TIME: 69:30