Andy Fite

Everybody Got Happy

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Everybody Got Happy catches guitarist Andy Fite on a particularly happy night. Newly married, with his bride in the audience, and engaged on stage with one of his musical heroes, bassist Red Mitchell, Fite delivers his swing-based riffs with infectious joy. He stretches jaunty lines over familiar chord sequences. These songs are musical comfort food, and not surprisingly the spirit carries Fite and Mitchell so far as to render good-natured, if unpolished vocals on "All of Me." Mitchell shows why Fite and so many others held him in such high esteem. He lays down warm, puckish lines underneath Fite and then lets them billow into full-blown solos. On "C Jam Blues" Fite and Mitchell trade licks that naturally flow into one coherent line -- a testament to the unity of spirit so evident throughout.

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