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  • Personnel includes: Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Joe Farrell (flute, tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (tenor & baritone saxophone); Herman Riley (tenor saxophone); Don Bailey (harmonica); Joe Sample (acoustic & electric pianos); Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano); John Tropea, Joe Beck (acoustic & electric guitars); Freddie Robinson (electric guitar); Darrell Clayborn (Fender bass); Ray Pounds (drums).
  • Producer: Bob Shad.
  • Reissue producers: Tamara Shad, Lawrence Cohn.
  • Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • The fourth of five Mainstream sets led by Blue Mitchell (which has been reissued on CD) finds the flexible hard bop trumpeter joined by a soulful and funky rhythm section (either Joe Sample or Walter Bishop Jr. on keyboards, guitarist Freddie Robinson, electric bassist Darrell Clayborn and drummer Ray Pounds) and tenor saxophonist Herman Riley. The group plays three straight funky blues, including the title cut which features Don Bailey on harmonica, as well as a couple of basic Sample originals and a Mitchell ballad feature on "Alone Again, Naturally." Although not up to the same level as Blue Mitchell's earlier Blue Note dates, this accessible set does a good job of balancing worthwhile solos with catchy rhythms and has dated surprisingly well. ~ Scott Yanow
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