Highlighted by Tom McIntosh’s beautiful title tune, Blue Mitchell’s The Cup Bearers is one of the trumpeter’s most thoughtful and lyrical albums. A member of Horace Silver’s quintet at the time of its recording, Mitchell brought three of his colleagues with him. But this is not re-minted Silver. It is refined Mitchell, presenting two standards and five originals by important young jazz composers. Tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, an ideal partner and foil for Mitchell, turns in some of his finest recorded performances. The rhythm section of Cedar Walton, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks is smooth as silk and strong as steel.
with Junior Cook, Cedar Walton, Gene Taylor, Roy Brooks