Mitchell-Ruff Duo

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Mitchell-Ruff Duo - Brazilian Trip Brazilian Trip
Jazz Used - LP BN 26360 Epic
Rare 1966 Stereo Original Featuring Brazilian Back-Up. Promotional Demo Stamp On The Back Cover. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
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Jazz Mission To Moscow
Jazz Used - LP R 52034 Roulette
Deep Groove Mono Original. Recorded At The Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow.... more details
 
Mitchell-Ruff Duo - Strayhorn Strayhorn
Jazz New - LP MRL 335 Mainstream
Sealed 1971 Gatefold Original. Cut Corner. “Although Dwike Mitchell And Willie Ruff Have Worked Together As A Duo For Decades, Their Recordings Have Been Sporadically Available, Including These Early-'70s Sessions First Issued By Mainstream. Their Program Focuses Exclusively On The Works Of Billy Strayhorn, Who Was So Impressed With Their Performance At The Now Defunct Hickory House That He Wrote "Suite For The Duo" Specifically For Them. Mitchell's Solo Interpretation Of "Take The 'A' Train" Is A Virtuoso Affair That Suggests Oscar Peterson At Times. Ruff's Majestic French Horn, With Beautifully Held Long Notes, Is The Centerpiece Of "Passion Flower." The Aforementioned "Suite For The Duo" Is Unlike Anything Else In Strayhorn's Vast Output, Beginning With A Strident Prologue Featuring French Horn And Piano, Including A Middle Segment With A Complex Blues Piano Theme, And Finishing Dramatically With Ruff Returning On French Horn To Join Mitchell. The Flip Side Of The Record Focuses Exclusively On Well-Known Strayhorn Works, With A Gorgeous Solo Piano Arrangement Of "Chelsea Bridge," An Unusually Slow But Effective Piano/French Horn Duet Of "U.M.M.G.," A Playful Miniature Of "Rain Check," And A Haunting Take Of "Lush Life," The Latter In Which Ruff's French Horn Steals The Show. While A Few Of These Tracks Have Been Compiled With Various Reissues Of A 1971 Concert By The Mitchell-Ruff Duo With Dizzy Gillespie, The Full Album Has Been Unavailable Since The Demise Of Mainstream. Highly Recommended.” Ken Dryden, AMG.... more details
 
Mitchell-Ruff Duo - The Sound Of Music The Sound Of Music
Jazz New - LP SR 52037 Roulette
Sealed 1960 Stereo Original. “The Music Of Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II Has Had Broad Appeal To The General Public, But It Has Never Been As Popular With Jazz Musicians As Rodgers' Earlier Collaborations With Lorenz Hart. Benny Goodman Was The First To Record An Album Full Of Songs From The Sound Of Music (In 1959), With The Mitchell-Ruff Duo Following Suit The Very Next Year. Pianist Dwike Mitchell And Bassist Willie Ruff Have A Lot Of Fun With The Works From This Broadway And Film Hit, Starting With A Lush Piano And French Horn Improvised Introduction To The Theme Of The Musical, With Ruff Then Reverting To Bass. The Stiff, Very Formal "Climb Every Mountain" Is Transformed Into A Snappy Bop Vehicle. Although Their Arrangement Isn't As Well-Known As John Coltrane's Famous Modal Treatment (Which Was Recorded And Released After The Duo's Interpretation), They Do Quite Well Building Upon The Theme To This Timeless Composition. They Engage In A Brief Call And Response To Introduce "The Lonely Goat Herd" Before Seguing Into A Cool Bop Setting. The Brisk Waltz Treatment Of "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" And An Intricate Arrangement Of The Least Familiar Song From The Musical ("An Ordinary Couple") Conclude This Highly Recommended But Long Out Of Print Album. Consider Yourself Very Lucky If You Run Across This LP At All.” Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.... more details
 
Mitchell-Ruff Duo - Jazz For Juniors Jazz For Juniors
Jazz Used - LP R 52025 Roulette
New, Unplayed 1959 Deep Groove Pinwheel Label Mono Original Still In The Glassine Inner Sleeve.... more details
 

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