Track Selection: Chick’s Tune
Blue Mitchell (tp) Junior Cook (ts) Chick Corea (p) Gene Taylor (b) Al Foster (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 30, 1964
The young Chick Corea!!
1964. Recorded in changing times, with the Blue Note catalogue elsewhere reflecting the pull of more adventurous music – Grachan Moncur, Hancock’s Empyrean Island – Blue Mitchell offered a line of continuity for straight ahead bop inherited with the Horace Silver band. Recording prolifically in the early sixties, with bluesy soul jazz offerings, the most interesting contribution is that of the young Chick Corea, given his own title “Chicks Tune”. Polished performances, though with so much talent burgeoning on the jazz scene it must have been difficult to stand out. A good enjoyable outing nonetheless.
Vinyl: Blue Note BLP 4178 NY mono VAN GELDER, ear, no DG
No matter how many different records, labels and pressings I listen to, every time I mount a Blue Note original mono on the turntable, the room is filled immediately with exciting listening, whoever the artist and whatever the tune. The combination of Van Gelder engineering and Plastylite pressing is nonpareil .
“Nonpareil”: without equal. Each week LJC will feature a new chic French expression, designed to lend an air of sophistication to the jazz collector’s conversation, thereby enhancing their attractiveness to the opposite sex, a soupçon. Sadly, the ladies just don’t dig matrix codes.
NY labels, no DG
Writing on Cover. Not clever, Sid
Source: eBay Sellers grading: Vinyl: “has a few light marks, plays excellent; Cover: VG+
Great-tasting nutritious bop, contributes to your essential “Five a Day” musical listening diet, with no serious damage to the credit card.