Put Thad Jones on trumpet supported by Billy Mitchell on tenor sax, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums and you get a great recording session. This sextet swings through tunes such as “Blue Room,” “Little Girl Blue” and “Scratch” among others. This impossible to find Blue Note Mono has been faithfully reproduced and transferred from the original full-track Mono master tapes on Classic’s all-tube, Mono cutting system – no Mono cut on a stereo lathe here.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his first session as a leader for Blue Note, trumpeter Thad Jones ran through five songs with a small group which also included fellow Detroiters pianist Tommy Flanagan and guitarist Kenny Burrell as well as part-time Detroiter tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell. Jones’ time with Debut certainly broke him in, and he is thoroughly professional on this record. Compared to its predecessor, The Fabulous Thad Jones, and its successor, The Magnificent Thad Jones, Detroit-New York Junction pales slightly, but it’s nevertheless an excellent set of driving hard bop.
3. Little Girl blue