Blue Mitchell

Mitchell 2Unlike many jazz players, Blue Mitchell was able to move back and forth between jazz field and rhythm and blues during his career. His 1st recording with Cannonball Adderley introduced him to the public and his late 1950’s albums as leader established him as one of the most lyrical of the hard bop trumpet players. His resume includes playing in bands led by Earl Bostic and Horace Silver. He also recorded 100’s of tracks with important hard bop musicians throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

Blue Mitchell - Episode 1

CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Big SixBlue Mitchell Big 61958
A Little TasteCannonball AdderleyPortrait of Cannonball1958
People Will Say We're in LoveCannonball AdderleyPortrait of Cannonball1958
Blues MarchBlue MitchellBig 61958
Blue SoulBlue MitchellBlue Soul1959
Studio BBlue MitchellOut of the Blue1959
Sir JohnBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960

Blue Mitchell - Episode 2

On this podcast you will hear Blue’s most important recordings as a bandleader from the late 1950’s through the mid 1960’s. He was one of the great interpreters of the blues and the most lyrical hard bop trumpet player of his generation. His solos represent an education in timing and note choice, and the recording of Tones for Jones Bones (with Chick Corea) shows him moving into a more modern approach to improvisation.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Cup BearersBlue MitchellThe Cup Bearers1962
Waverly Street Blue MitchellBlue Soul1959
I'll Close My EyesBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960
Sweet PumpkinBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960
CapersBlue MitchellThe Cup Bearers1962
Mona's MoodBlue MitchellThe Thing to Do1964
Tones for Joan's BonesBlue MitchellBoss Horn1966

Blue Mitchell - Episode 3

I examine Blue Mitchell’s important collaboration with Horace Silver in the late 1950’s through the early 1960’s. These recordings are some of the best Blue Records from this period and certainly some of Horace Silver’s most memorable. Together with Junior Cook on tenor, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Roy Brooks, the Horace Silver Quintet was one of the most exciting bands in jazz from this period. Also included is a track from Jackie McLean’s album Jackie’s Bag and one track from a collaboration with Red Garland. These recordings clearly define why Blue was one of the most often recorded trumpet players from this period.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
The GringoHorace SilverFinger Poppin’ 1959
Finger Poppin’Horace Silver Finger Poppin'1959
Baghdad Blues Horace SilverBlowin' the Blues Away1959
PeaceHorace SilverBlowin' the Blues Away1959
Nica's DreamHorace SilverHorace Scope1960
Appointment in GhanaJackie McLeanJackie's Bag1960
Falling in Love with LoveRed GarlandRed's Good Groove1962