Red Mitchell - Presenting Red Mitchell

Red Mitchell - Presenting Red Mitchell
Styles: Cool, Hard Bop
Recording Location: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Jazz
Recording Date: March 26, 1957
Album: Presenting Red Mitchell
Release Date: March 26, 1957
Artist: Red Mitchell
Duration: 42:51

Bassist Red Mitchell, who had led two fairly obscure sessions for Bethlehem in 1955, came up with a gem on his lone Contemporary set as a leader (which has been reissued as this CD). Based in Los Angeles at the time, Mitchell utilized pianist Lorraine Geller and two up-and-coming players: James Clay (who splits his time between tenor and flute) and, in one of his first recording sessions, drummer Billy Higgins. The quartet performs then-recent tunes by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown ("Sandu"), a pair of Mitchell originals, "Scrapple From the Apple" and "Cheek to Cheek." Despite Higgins' and (to a lesser extent) Clay's connections with Ornette Coleman, the music is strictly high-quality modern mainstream bop of the era. Easily recommended to collectors of straight-ahead jazz.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Scrapple from the Apple / Charlie ParkerRed Mitchell5:27
Rainy Night / Red MitchellRed Mitchell5:20
I Thought of You / Red MitchellRed Mitchell5:17
Out of the Blue / Miles DavisRed Mitchell6:15
Paul's Pal / Sonny RollinsRed Mitchell6:55
Sandu / Clifford BrownRed Mitchell5:31
Cheek to Cheek / Irving BerlinRed Mitchell8:06

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