African Violet/Summer Soft

African Violet/Summer Soft

by Blue Mitchell



This two-fer combines a pair of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's late-career albums for the Impulse! label: 1977's African Violet and Summer Soft. A consummate hard bopper, Mitchell experimented with soul- and funk-jazz as the '70s wore on and these albums are no exception. Funky but lyrical, muscular yet still swinging with a modern jazz intensity, these albums feature Mitchell playing against small as well as large ensembles, including orchestral strings on African Violet. Reflecting the somewhat commercial approach to many jazz productions of the time with electric guitars and synthesizers in the mix, they are nonetheless worthy, hard to find recordings and it's great to have them together on one disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527809526
catalogNumber: 2780952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Mitchell   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Eddie Harris   Electric Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Lyle   Piano,Electric Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano,Electric Piano
Herman Riley   Tenor Saxophone
McKinley Mitchell   Conductor
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion,Conga
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
Chuck Domanico   Bass,Electric Bass
Michael Dosco   Guitar
Esmond Edwards   Vocals
Scott Edwards   Bass,Electric Bass
James Gadson   Drums
McKinley Jackson   Synthesizer
Harold Mason   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Soloist
Richard Tee   Piano
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals
Luther Waters   Vocals
Oren Waters   Vocals
Julia Waters   Vocals
Owen Waters   Vocals
Sonny Burke   Electric Piano
Julia Tillman   Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion,Marimbas

Technical Credits

Barbra Streisand   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Blue Mitchell   Composer
Cedar Walton   Arranger,Composer
McKinley Mitchell   Arranger
Michael Dosco   Composer
Don Sebesky   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Composer,Producer
Larry Nash   Composer
John Neal   Engineer
Barney Perkins   Engineer
Paul Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Steve Hulse   Composer
Phil Wright   Arranger
Dana Kaproff   Composer

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