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4.0 out of 5 stars No West Coast !, 24 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: Presenting Red Mitchell (Audio CD)
Recorded in Los Angeles in 1957, this CD might be mistaken for a West Coast-style album, but nothing could be further from the truth. This band's rendition of tunes like "Scrapple from the Apple", "Sandu" and "Paul's pal" is in no way inferior to anything being played in New York at the time. Mitchell is a master of the bass and makes his basslines sing. James Clay is a Texas-style saxophonist and flautist, and in true Texas-fashion, he blows hard throughout. Lorraine Geller on piano (who, tragically enough, was to die of a suspected stroke no more than 2 years after this album was recorded) is tasteful and inventive all the way. Drummer Billy Higgins, who by now has run up a huge number of recording credits, makes his first appearance as a recorded artist on this album. At only 21 years of age, he already proves to be in complete control of his drumkit. Good though this album may be, the group disbanded shortly afterwards due to a lack of gigs and recording opportunities in a Californian environment where their brand of jazz was less in demand. Fortunately this little gem has been preserved for posterity.
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