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Format: CD
Sku: 60616134
UPC: 025218902120
UPC 14: 00025218902120
Release Date: 10/7/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Nearness Of You, The ~ Blue Mitchell
2. When I Fall In Love ~ Blue Mitchell
3. Why Do I Love You? ~ Blue Mitchell
4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams ~ Blue Mitchell
5. But Beautiful ~ Blue Mitchell
6. I Can't Get Started With You ~ Blue Mitchell
7. There Will Never Be Another You ~ Blue Mitchell
8. How Deep Is The Ocean? ~ Blue Mitchell
9. I'm A Fool To Want You ~ Blue Mitchell
10. Turquoise ~ Blue Mitchell
11. Missing You ~ Blue Mitchell
12. For All We Know ~ Blue Mitchell
13. Peace ~ Blue Mitchell

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone); Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, Junior Cook (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Julian Priester, Jimmy Cleveland, Curtis Fuller, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman (trombone); Julius Watkins (French horn); Tommy Flanagan, Cedar Walton, Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Gene Taylor, Wilbur Ware (bass); Roy Brooks, Art Blakey, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Persip (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded between 1958 & 1962.
Muze PNote Personnel: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Harry Lookofsky (strings); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone); Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, Junior Cook, Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry, Bernie Glow, Burt Collins (trumpet); Julius Watkins, Willie Ruff (French horn); Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Cleveland, Julian Priester, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman (trombone); Tommy Flanagan, Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton (piano); Albert "Tootie" Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Brooks, Art Blakey, Charlie Persip (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Zan Stewart.
Muze PNote Recording information: Plaza Sound Studios, New York, NY (07/02/1958-08/30/1962); Reeves Sound Studios, New York, NY (07/02/1958-08/30/1962).
Muze PNote Arrangers: Jimmy Heath; Tadd Dameron; Benny Golson.
Muze PNote In the '60s, Prestige launched its Plays for Lovers series with LPs by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others. The concept was jazz as romantic mood music -- collections of previously released material that are dominated by ballads and emphasize a player's more lyrical side. Fantasy has long since acquired the Prestige catalog, and in the 2000s, it helped keep the Plays for Lovers concept alive -- not only with Prestige recordings, but also with recordings from the Fantasy-owned catalogs of Riverside, Contemporary, and other labels. The Blue Mitchell Plays for Lovers collection, in fact, doesn't contain a single Prestige recording; all of the material originally came out on Riverside. In 2003, the late Mitchell was an obvious choice for a Plays for Lovers release because the Clifford Brown-influenced trumpeter was, quite simply, a superb ballad player. He had no problem swinging aggressively at a fast tempo, but he was equally skillful when it came to ballads -- a fact that is obvious on Blue Mitchell Plays for Lovers, which spans 1958-1962 and finds him playing quite soulfully on "I Can't Get Started," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and other famous Tin Pan Alley standards. Not everything on the 61-minute CD is a ballad; Cedar Walton's "Turquoise" is a moody, dusky post-bop offering that is played at a medium tempo. The tune's appealing melody bears a slight resemblance to the standard "You Don't Know What Love Is," and even though "Turquoise" is faster than any of the other selections, it doesn't really disrupt the overall mood and ambiance -- it's a momentary diversion but not an outright disruption. Besides, the Plays for Lovers series was meant to be ballad-heavy but not ballad-exclusive; being dominated by ballads isn't the same as excluding medium-tempo material altogether. And when all is said and done, Blue Mitchell Plays for Lovers lives up its title. ~ Alex Henderson

Producer: Orrin Keepnews

Engineer: Jack Higgins; Jack Matthews; Ray Fowler; Rob Friedman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Art Blakey
Muze Guest Artist Paul Chambers
Muze Guest Artist Tommy Flanagan
Muze Guest Artist Johnny Griffin
Muze Guest Artist Wynton Kelly
Muze Guest Artist Clark Terry
Muze Guest Artist Cedar Walton
Muze Guest Artist Philly Joe Jones

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Soul

Associated Artists and Works

Bellson, Louie
Blue Mitchell Sextet
Blue Soul ~ Blue Mitchell Sextet
Cook, Junior
Land, Harold
Pepper, Art

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/07/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 6021
Music Label Name Label : Riverside Records (Jazz)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218902120

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Mitchell,Blue
Product attributeLabel:   Fantasy/milestone/prestige
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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