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Mitchell, Roscoe Trio – “No Side Effects ” – [Rogueart]

Max Level   9/17/2006   CD, Jazz

Elegant compositions, jazz-based tone pieces, and exciting free improvisation. Saxophonist Mitchell doesn’t need much introduction, having solidly represented Chicago jazz for around 40 years now. On this 2-CD set, he’s performing his own compositions, moving between his various saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), flute, piccolo, and percussion; collaborating with a forward-thinking bass/drums duo. Bassist/cellist Harrison Bankhead is often heard in tandem with Mitchell on the composed melodic parts when he is not furiously churning underneath, and drummer/ percussionist Vincent Davis brings a wide array of percussive sounds, from bells and gongs to full-out free jazz crashing on the drum set. CD2 includes three percussion-heavy pieces: 3 & 10 pit Bankhead’s string work against colorful percussion sounds by Davis and Mitchell, and 8 is percussion only.

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