Saturday, April 8, 2017

Red Mitchell - Rejoice !

A talented bassist who was always in great demand, Red Mitchell was originally a pianist and he doubled on piano on an occasional basis throughout his career. He switched to bass when he was a member of an Army band in Germany. Mitchell played with Jackie Paris (1947-1948), Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson's big band, and Charlie Ventura (1949); toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1949-1951) ; and was a member of the popular Red Norvo Trio (1952-1954). He played with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (1954) and then settled in Los Angeles where, during 1954-1968, he played with nearly everyone, from West Coast jazz stars (particularly Hampton Hawes) to recording with Ornette Coleman (1959) and was a member of the studio orchestra at MGM. He also co-led a quintet with Harold Land during 1961-1962 that recorded for Atlantic. In 1968, Mitchell moved to Stockholm where he led groups, played with European jazzmen, and accompanied visiting Americans, including Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Woods. Mitchell made occasional visits to the U.S. and shortly before he died, he moved to Oregon. In addition to the Atlantic date, Red Mitchell led albums for Bethlehem (1955), Contemporary, Pacific Jazz, Mercury, SteepleChase, Caprice, Gryphon, Phontastic, Enja, and Capri, in addition to a few smaller European labels.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Red Mitchell
Rejoice !


1 Jim's Blues (Hall)  7:24
2 Oh, You Crazy Moon (Burke, Van Heusen)  7:48
3 Rejoice ! (Mitchell)  6:15
4 Black-Eyes Peas (Pettiford)  5:46
5 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  7:28
6 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  8:50


Red Mitchell - cel
Jim Hall - g
Frank Strazzeri - p
Jimmy Bond - b
Frank Butler - dr

Recorded live at "The Renaissance", Hollywood, California ; October 1960


stringbender said...

Thanks for posting this sensational recording. Jim Hall sounds like a million bucks.

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias Mel!!

cvllos said...

Upgrading my file!
Thanks, Melanchthon!
And also for your scans!

ooglybong said...

Thanks for casting a bit more light into the jazz world. Once again... wherever do you manage to discover this great obscure stuff? Thx!

Boletus Joe said...

Amazing... once again I am blown away.... Thanks

deGallo said...

Thank you, wonderful!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Beautiful, Red with Hall. Very nice, thanks.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

sotise said...


Kovina Kris said...

Jim Hall? 'nuff said. Thank you!

HEXIS said...

thanks Mel !!!!!