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Album Review

Tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell's second album as a leader (following a 1960 Jubilee date) was last available as a Trip LP in the early 1980s. Although the tenor saxophonist is in typically fine form on six obscurities and two standards ("Sophisticated Lady" and "You Turned the Tables On Me"), this record's main significance is that it features the young vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, who was virtually at the beginning of his career. Five of the eight songs also include trumpeter Dave Burns, pianist Billy Wallace, bassist Herman Wright and drummer Otis Finch, while the other numbers have organist Sleepy Anderson in place of Wallace and Burns. Mainstream hard bop of the era.


Born: 03 November 1926 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A hard-swinging tenor saxophonist (who is no relation to the crossover keyboardist of the same name), Billy Mitchell made his mark in several settings. He worked in Detroit with Nat Towles' band and in the late '40s, he played with Lucky Millinder's Orchestra in New York. In 1949, Mitchell recorded with Milt Jackson, worked in the big bands of Milt Buckner and Gil Fuller, and toured with Woody Herman's Second Herd for two months. He spent the first half of the 1950s playing locally in Detroit and...
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  • 10,32 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 January 1962

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