Mitchel Forman: Mr. Clean


Mr. Clean


Mitchel Forman (keyboards)


Mr. Clean (Marsis Jazz PG1/MJ1096)

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Mitchel Forman (keyboards),

Walt Fowler (trumpet, flugelhorn), Brandon Fields (sax), Dave Carpenter (bass), Joel Taylor (drums)


Composed by Weldon Irvine


Recorded: live at The Baked Potato, North Hollywood, CA, November 30, 1998


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Mitchel Forman is in quite a different bag on "Mr. Clean." This 1998 performance was recorded live at The Baked Potato, the famous North Hollywood venue where Forman still frequently appears. "Mr. Clean" was written by the late Weldon Irvine and has been covered many times, most notably by Freddie Hubbard on his Straight Life album. (Weldon played tambourine on Hubbard's version).

Mitchel Forman's Quintet takes the tune out. This arrangement is mostly a dark piece. Forman plays electric piano. He focuses more on dense shadings and deep slow funk chords than you would normally expect to hear from him. The tune is 16 minutes long, so there are several tempo changes. But even in the fast sections, Dave Carpenter's bass maintains an underlying slowness. Brandon Fields's solo is exquisitely intense. Fowler's trumpet spits out bursts that entice Forman to comp his ass off. The band explores many elements in a free section. Taylor's active drums give some semblance of organization during these forays. The band turns funky electric for a bit before returning to the classic melody, sounding every bit like a fine straight-ahead jazz band playing the tune in 1970 la Freddie Hubbard.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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