It is not too surprising that the debut recording by Grover Mitchell's big band sounds a bit like Count Basie's. The trombonist/arranger was a member of Basie's band from 1962-70 and would have two future stints (including one as the orchestra's leader). This particular out-of-print LP from a small Los Angeles label features Mitchell's arrangements for a 16-piece big band; eight of the ten songs are his originals. Among the key sidemen are trumpeters Al Aarons, bass trombonist Jimmy Cheatham, the reeds of Buddy Collette, Jackie Kelso and Charlie Owens and pianist Jeannie Cheatham. Fine, swinging music, but this album will be difficult to find.
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