Mitchell Long

The Brad Upton Quintet Review by Bill Gallo from Westword

Trumpeter Brad Upton's previous CD on the Black Orchid label, Dragon, was recorded in May 2001 and released earlier this year; it revealed a jazzman whose ideas and gifts were spreading far and wide. His "current" release, also called Black Orchid, is, in truth, a leftover from 1999 that's just now making its way to the bins. The eight tracks -- all Upton originals -- seem to have one eye on the commercial airwaves and the other on new-age bliss, not a good quiniela for a player seeking to make a mark. The standout here is brilliant Denver/Boulder guitarist Mitchell Long, whose inventive improvisations are still underrated on his own turf.

Bill Gallo

Westword Magazine (Denver)