Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blue Mitchell - Collision in Black

During the sixties and seventies, trumpeter and composer Blue Mitchell released a number of great soulful jazz records. These recordings, which during this time were mostly released by either Blue Note or Mainstream records, tended to blend Mitchell's tasteful melodies with the compositions often funky yet overall soulful groove. This signature sound is truly executed nicely on Mitchell's 1969 album Collision in Black. This record brings together both Mitchell and soul-funk saxophonist Monk Higgins who is credited with arranging and producing the recording, as well as playing both piano and organ on specific tracks. Some of the records highlights include "Deeper in Black", "Jo Ju Ja", "Swahilli Suite", "Monkin' Around", and the title track "Collision in Black". Overall, the record represents an early glimpse into the funky soulful jazz sound that Blue Mitchell will continue explore on many of his follow-up recordings.

Blue Mitchell - Deeper in Black

Blue Mitchell - Jo Ju Ja

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