CAT # OJCCD-1055-2
1. Things Ain't What They Used To Be 12:42 2. Blue Farouq 7:24 3. Barefoot Sunday Blues 12:46 4. Shoo, Shoo Baby 8:42
Mel Rhyne brought a breath of fresh air to the increasingly popular “organ trio” sound when he debuted on Wes Montgomery Trio (OJC-034), and he worked a similar transformation on the larger organ combo with this, his first album as a leader. In addition to adding horns, Rhyne also employs a second keyboard in the person of Three Sounds pianist Gene Harris, and the resulting ensemble features such distinctive touches as the leader’s organ voiced with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin in ensembles while Harris adds commentary, and soulfully prodding back-and-forth exchanges between Rhyne and Harris. Among the themes selected for inspection on this relaxed blowing session are Cannonball Adderley’s “Barefoot Sunday Blues,” from the alto giant’s third Riverside session, and “Blue Farouq,” which composer Mitchell would revisit for the Jazzland label on Charlie Rouse’s Takin’ Care of Business (OJC-491).
with Blue Mitchell, Johnny Griffin, Gene Harris, Andy Simpkins, Albert "Tootie" Heath
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