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Album Review

One of the late Red Mitchell's last recordings as a leader, this trio date finds him in stellar company, with pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Ben Riley. Mitchell and Barron long enjoyed a rather unique musical chemistry, and they don't disappoint here. The album opens with the title track, a slightly Latinish Mitchell original. The simple felicity of the melody — and, in particular, of Barron's elaborations on it — makes this track a simple but rich delight. Mitchell takes the lead on "I'm Old Fashioned," playing the head in a singing, legato style as Barron and Riley fall in gradually behind him. Elsewhere, there are equally fine versions of Barron's "El Sueno" and the standard "She's Funny That Way," as well as another exceptional Mitchell original, "Heaven's Here." The trio's version of Thelonious Monk's "Locomotive" ends the album on a surprisingly tame note, but this disc is a solid winner overall. Highly recommended.


Born: 20 September 1927 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

A talented bassist who was always in great demand, Red Mitchell was originally a pianist and he doubled on piano on an occasional basis throughout his career. He switched to bass when he was a member of an Army band in Germany. Mitchell played with Jackie Paris (1947-1948), Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson's big band, and Charlie Ventura (1949); toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1949-1951); and was a member of the popular Red Norvo Trio (1952-1954). He played with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (1954)...
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