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Robbin's Nest

Willie Mitchell

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Album Review

The final solo album in a concentrated period keeps to trumpeter Willie Mitchell's standard formula. His previous release, On Top, found Mitchell opening up to the massive talents of his bandmembers — most of whom would back up Al Green during his groundbreaking run of the early '70s. The band's skill is evident here, with organist Charles Hodges again sounding good, but subpar material, a trademark of Mitchell's releases, stunts any chance for growth. "Tails Out" and "Wade in the Water" are highlights.

Biography

Born: March 1, 1928 in Ashland, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Best known as the man who signed Al Green to Hi Records and as the producer of Green's most popular records, Willie Mitchell had a successful recording career of his own during the mid-'60s before meeting Green. Born on March 23, 1928, in Ashland, MS, Mitchell was raised in Memphis, TN, and began studying music and arranging at an early age, taking up the trumpet at the age of eight and learning from pianist Ozie Horn (as well as drawing from such influences as Roy Eldridge and Harry James). After...
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