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Mitchell and Cook are prominently featured on Silver's beautiful ballad "Peace," yet another premiere for this Newport crowd. Cook, a respected hard bop improviser with a forceful approach to his horn, turns in a particularly thoughtful and highly expressive tenor solo here while Mitchell's lyrical trumpet solo perfectly reflects the title of this restful number. Radically shifting gears, the quintet then jumps into a frantic rendition of the uptempo burner "Cookin' at the Continental" (from Finger Poppin' ). Cook and Mitchell play tight unisons on the head of this hard bop romp before Cook breaks loose for an extended fire-breathing tenor solo. Mitchell responds with some heat of his own on trumpet, gradually building to a furious high-note crescendo as Taylor and Hayes stoke the flames with their insistently swinging pulse. Silver follows with a piano solo that is typically against-the-grain both rhythmically and harmonically, almost in a Monkish sense, without dissipating any of the swinging momentum the band had achieved. Hayes gets in some rapid-fire exchanges with the frontline soloists before they return to the tightly-arranged head at the tag. They close out their exhilarating set with the soulful hard bop anthem "Sister Sadie," another Newport premiere which would later appear on Blowin' the Blues Away . This piece exemplifies that downhome, funky quality that was a key component of Silver's writing, so readily apparent on earlier pieces like "Doodlin',' "The Preacher" and "Filthy McNasty" and also typified by later works like 1966's The Jody Grind, 1968's Serenade to a Soul Sister , 1993's It's Got to be Funky and 1994's Pencil Packin' Papa .


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