The Mitchells

Get Those Elephants Outa Here!

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Bassist Whitey Mitchell is the leader of this fascinating 1958 studio session, which features his better-known older brother, Red Mitchell, on piano and bass, trumpeter Blue Mitchell (no relation), pianist André Previn, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, trombonist Frank Rehak, and drummer Frank Capp. One of just two dates recorded as a leader by Whitey Mitchell prior to his early retirement from jazz, there are plenty of inspired moments on this date. Red's three originals include the amusingly titled "Get Those Elephants Outa Here!" (their mother's favorite quip to get her sons to remove their basses from her living room), which is a lively feature for the two bassists. Red is the pianist on the boppish blues "Three Cheers," while "Fraternity" is a showcase for the two brothers, with both starting on bass and Red eventually switching over to piano. Whitey's tunes include the dark-toned minor-key "Monster Rally" (named in honor of a favorite cartoonist, Charles Addams, whose macabre drawings later led to the creation of the television series The Addams Family) and the easygoing "Blues for Brian," named for his young son. Blue Mitchell shines in Whitey's tasty arrangement of "Moten Swing." Long out of print, this Metrojazz LP will be extremely challenging to acquire.

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