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.
|Scrapple from the Apple / Charlie Parker||Red Mitchell||5:27|
|Rainy Night / Red Mitchell||Red Mitchell||5:20|
|I Thought of You / Red Mitchell||Red Mitchell||5:17|
|Out of the Blue / Miles Davis||Red Mitchell||6:15|
|Paul's Pal / Sonny Rollins||Red Mitchell||6:55|
|Sandu / Clifford Brown||Red Mitchell||5:31|
|Cheek to Cheek / Irving Berlin||Red Mitchell||8:06|