Smooth as the Wind

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Smooth as the Wind
Studio album by Blue Mitchell
Released 1961
Recorded December 27, 1960 and March 29 & 30, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 40:27
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Blue Mitchell chronology
Blue's Moods
(1960)
Smooth as the Wind
(1960-61)
A Sure Thing
(1962)

Smooth as the Wind is an album by American trumpeter Blue Mitchell with strings and brass recorded in late 1960 and early 1961 and released on the Riverside label.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Trumpeter Blue Mitchell is in excellent form on this very interesting session... The arrangements (seven by Tadd Dameron and three from Benny Golson) are generally quite stimulating, inspiring the trumpeter to come up with many fresh melodic solos... By varying tempos and moods, Dameron and Golson helped create one of the better soloist-with-strings jazz dates".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Smooth as the Wind" (Tadd Dameron) - 5:10
  2. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 3:35
  3. "The Best Things in Life Are Free (Brown, DeSylva, Henderson) 3:18
  4. "Peace" (Horace Silver) - 3:53
  5. "For Heaven's Sake" (Elise Bretton, Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer) - 3:32
  6. "The Nearness of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) - 3:22
  7. "A Blue Time" (Dameron) - 4:52
  8. "Strollin'" (Silver) - 3:16
  9. "For All We Know" (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) - 3:21
  10. "I'm a Fool to Want You" (Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) - 3:37
  • Recorded in New York City on December 27, 1960 (tracks 4-6 & 8), and March 29 & 30, 1961 (tracks 1-3, 7, 9 & 10).

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed October 25, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 25, 2010