Monday, December 14, 2009

This is Billy Mitchell...

Tenor sax player Billy Mitchell was never considered part of the A list of jazz musicians, though he was considered influential within his circle. He came out of Detroit in the 40's and had stints with Count Basie's band in the 50's. He began to lead his own hard bop sessions in the 60's. This - his second recording as leader - was recorded at the end of October, 1962. What makes this session so interesting is the fact he has included a young vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson, in the band. The album was recorded in two days with Mitchell, Hutcherson, bassist Herman Wright and drummer Otis Finch for both. On October 29, Mitchell used organist Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson. On October 20, Mitchell used pianist Billy Wallace and trumpeter Dave Burns.


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