Blue Soul [Keepnews Collection]
CAT # RCD-30508-25
1. Minor Vamp 3:42 2. The Head 4:28 3. The Way You Look Tonight 3:22 4. Park Avenue Petite 3:58 5. Top Shelf 4:08 6. Waverley Street 5:00 7. Blue Soul 4:12 8. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 5:50 9. Nica’s Dream 6:35 10. Minor Vamp (Take 1) 3:40 11. Park Avenue Petite (Take 1) 5:11 12. Blue Soul (Take 2) 6:32
Orrin Keepnews' commentary (from the original liner notes): “This is Blue Mitchell's third album as a leader. The first two were very good and well worth the attention of the jazz-listening public. But this present album is something else. It represents so definite and striking a forward step…with this recording Blue would seem to have stepped over the invisible line: He is no longer merely 'promising,' he has arrived...The most significant 'new' factor in the sound and content of Mitchell's playing is something best described as confidence, or authority.”
Orrin on The Keepnews Collection:
This is a series of reissues that can be described as largely centered on my incredibly long (even to me) career as a jazz producer, contributing to the careers of some of the most significant jazz performers of our day. The series follows a specific set of ground rules. In each case the original product is preserved-cover art, the notes, and the entire initial recorded content, in the exact original sequence-and it is now presented with the sonic benefits of 24-bit remastering from the original master tapes. Alternate takes or originally unissued numbers, when available, appear as bonus tracks. In some instances I've added to the total lineup a never-used version that may have been recorded forty or more years ago. When that occasionally allows you to hear for the first time a "new" performance by a long-departed artist, be aware that I join you in considering this a truly wonderful addition. Finally, I have written a complete set of new commentaries, digging back into my memories of those often very good old days to tell a few more stories about this remarkable music and its people. On the whole, I am unreasonably and unshakably proud of the results.
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