Personnel: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton (piano); Paul Chambers, Sam Jones (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York in December 1958. Originally released on Riverside (1131).
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
This early recording by Blue Mitchell finds the distinctive trumpeter in excellent form in a quintet also featuring tenor saxophonist Benny Golson (who contributed "Blues on My Mind"), either Wynton Kelly or Cedar Walton on piano, Paul Chambers or Sam Jones on bass and drummer Art Blakey. The consistently swinging repertoire includes a surprisingly effective version of "When the Saints Go Marching In." "Studio B," recorded in the same period but formerly available only in a sampler, has been added to the program. It's an enjoyable date of high-quality hard bop. ~ Scott Yanow