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Grover Mitchell: Grover Mitchell Big Band

When you pay homage to Grover Mitchell-the man who fronted the Count Basie ghost band for the last eight years of his life before he died in August 2003-the last thing you want to use is an out-of-tune piano! But on Grover Mitchell Big Band (Storyville), the second of the CD’s four sessions hamstrings (pun intended) poor Jeannie Cheatham with a defective instrument as she whacks away at five of Mitchell’s 17 charts, not to mention the spirit of Basie, which looms large over these 1978 to 1980 sessions.

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