When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Monday, February 2, 2009

This Is Billy Mitchell

Unfortunately very little is out there about Billy Mitchell, tenor saxophonist. Hailing from the Detroit area, he played in the big bands of Basie and Gillespie. He recorded infrenquently as leader. These sessions from 1962 feature Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. The copy I have is a reissue on the goofy little Trip label of a Smash original. Admittedly this is a minor piece in the jazz canon but I have loved this stuff since first stumbling upon it.

Billy Mitchell on tenor sax

1. J&B *
2. Sophisticated Lady *
3. You Turned The Tables on Me +
4. Passionova +
5. Tamra +
6. Automation +
7. Just Waiting*
8. Siam +

* Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Clarence (Sleepy) Anderson - organ
Herman Wright - bass
Otis Finch - drums

+ add Dave Burns - trumpet
Billy Wallace - piano (replaces Anderson)