This is the hidden gem in the small but important library of jazz sessions featuring trumpet soloists with strings. It is built around one of the music's most melodic and quietly soulful brassmen, Blue Mitchell; and includes seven orchestrations by the fountainhead of modern jazz arrangers, Tadd Dameron, as well as three more by Dameron's primary disciple Benny Golson, who also conducts the orchestra. There is an inspired balance to the program, which includes two titles that Mitchell helped make famous in Horace Silver's quintet, two of Dameron's own beautiful lines, and six evocative standards. While Mitchell was an uncommonly consistent soloist throughout his Riverside years, his work here ranks among the most intimate and warm playing of his career, and the rare examples of late-period Dameron make the album doubly essential.
with Clark Terry, Bernie Glow, Burt Collins, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman, Julian Priester, Willie Ruff, Tommy Flanagan, Tommy Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Persip