111

George Mitchell: Play Zone

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
George Mitchell: Play Zone George Mitchell is known most notably as keyboard expert for Diana Ross. He has also performed and recorded with Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, and Philly Joe Jones. His new release on OA2 Records is a mainstream affair that swings from beginning to end. The recording places the rhythm section in front, Chris Lee’s deft cymbal work and Scott Sneed’s just-shy-of-the-beat bass tether both on an even footing with Mitchell’s crispy clean melody lines.



On the opener, "Inspiration," the rhythm section performs as a trio, with Mr. Sneed providing a well considered bass solo over one of the lightest cymbal touches you are likely to hear. The section plays as an intuitive unit, taking corners at 100 miles per hour. "Time Will Tell" adds guitarist Dan Balmer, whose simple, harmonic guitar lines offer a soft foil to Mitchell’s crystalline pianism. The same guitar-keyboards relationship translates into the jazz organ combo of "Let’s Get With It." The result is more style and less grease, with Mitchell showing his cerebral organ chops.



"Thank You, New York" is Mr. Mitchell’s resetting of "Body and Soul," and features Mitchell’s more contemplative side. Henry Mancini’s "Slow, Hot, Wind" features the languid tenor saxophone for Patrick Lamb weaving in and out of Mitchell’s B-3 musings. Again, nothing greasy here, only a refined sophistication. "All The Things You Are" is given the extreme makeover. Forget the famous Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker introduction, Mr. Mitchell reboots the opening as Parker did with "Embraceable You" decades before.



Play Zone gets high marks for being a well-behaved and polite mainstream recording whose intelligence and precociousness make it very enjoyable listening.



For more information, visit OA2 Records and George Mitchell on the web.

Track Listing: Inspiration; Time Will Tell; Let

Personnel: George Mitchell

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: OA2 Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Process And Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Everything's Beautiful" CD/LP/Track Review Everything's Beautiful
by Asher Wolf
Published: July 18, 2016
Read "Of The Musical" CD/LP/Track Review Of The Musical
by Paul Naser
Published: December 29, 2016
Read "Sedimental You" CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "Tropical Infinito" CD/LP/Track Review Tropical Infinito
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!