Blue Mitchell: Hi-Heel Sneakers
Blue Mitchell (trumpet)
Down With It! (Blue Note 11492)
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 14, 1965
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
After Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder” rocked jukeboxes nationwide in 1964, Blue Note started searching for its next big hit. More and more albums jumped off with a danceable, R&B-style track, though many can be written off as uninspired and diluted commercial compromises. Not Blue Mitchell’s high-class version of “Hi-Heel Sneakers.” This vigorous groover burns from beginning to end, driven by Taylor’s repetitive, blues bassline and Foster’s determined ride cymbal. Having perfected their trade in Horace Silver’s group, Mitchell and Cook are masters of concise, funky blues minimalism. Young Chick Corea adds some soulful statements of his own, showing flashes of the brilliance that would soon make him one of the most influential pianists of his generation.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic