Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1965/2016) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:10 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Hard bop trumpeter Blue Mitchell recorded The Thing To Do in 1964 for Blue Note, his first for the label as leader, accompanied by a young Chick Corea on piano at the very beginning of his professional career. Corea even contributes the album’s closing number, Chick’s Tune. Tenor saxophonist Junior Cook joins Mitchell on the front line, backed by bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Al Foster.

This Blue Mitchell date is a classic, particularly the opening “Fungii Mama,” which is really catchy. The trumpeter’s quintet of the period (which includes tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, the young pianist Chick Corea, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Al Foster) also performs two Jimmy Heath tunes and a song apiece by Joe Henderson (“Step Lightly”) and Corea. The record is prime Blue Note hard bop, containing inventive tunes, meaningful solos, and an enthusiastic but tight feel. Highly recommended.

01 – Fungii Mama
02 – Mona’s Mood
03 – The Thing To Do
04 – Step Lightly
05 – Chick’s Tune

Produced by Alfred Lion.
Recorded on July 30, 1964 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Junior Cook – tenor saxophone
Chick Corea – piano
Gene Taylor – bass
Al Foster – drums