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Blue Mitchell: Down With It!

Read "Down With It!" reviewed by Matt Leskovic

It's about time that everyone gets down with Blue Mitchell.

During an era when hard bop giants roamed the earth, trumpeter Blue Mitchell was overshadowed by his more brash contemporaries such as Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. While Mitchell may have not been the most daring hard bop trumpeter, he was unquestionably one of the most steady and reliable.

Consistency is the name of Mitchell's game. His tone is focused and relaxed, and beautifully rounded in ...

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Blue Mitchell: Stablemates

Read "Stablemates" reviewed by Chris May

A luminous chunk of late-period Blue Mitchell--remarkably, on CD for the first time--Stablemates was recorded in '77 in Los Angeles. It stacks up well against the trumpeter's fine work for Riverside and Blue Note in the late '50s and '60s.

By '77, after the punishing decade-long combination punch of acid rock, funk and emergent disco, the market for live straight-ahead small-group jazz was on the ropes. Big bands and MOR singers still had a niche, and Mitchell--a superb technician as ...

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Blue Mitchell: The Thing To Do

Read "The Thing To Do" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Trumpeter Blue Mitchell had a sound in every way as individual as his label-mates Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, and like them, tragically, he could misuse studio time recording uninspired bop and funk. The Thing To Do makes you wish Mitchell had been this focused and well accompanied more of the time.Blessed with a lyrically brassy tone imbued with a shade of vulnerability perfect for ballads, Mitchell absolutely reveals a confidence and zest in this finely programmed set. ...

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Blue Mitchell

Read "Blue Mitchell" reviewed by Robert Spencer

All About Jazz contributing writer C. Andrew Hovan said it best: “Those of you that are longtime jazz fans, take a few minutes and see how many jazz trumpeters you can name in the next minute. All done? I'm sure many of you remember Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Louis Armstrong, and Buck Clayton, just to name a few. Now, how many of you mentioned the name of Blue Mitchell? This trumpeter's greatest success came during his memorable stay with the ...

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Blue Mitchell: The Complete Blue Note Blue Mitchell Sessions: 1963-1967

Read "The Complete Blue Note Blue Mitchell Sessions: 1963-1967" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Those of you that are longtime jazz fans, take a few minutes and see how many jazz trumpeters you can name in the next minute. All done? I'm sure many of you remember Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Louis Armstrong, and Buck Clayton, just to name a few. Now, how many of you mentioned the name of Blue Mitchell? This trumpeter's greatest success came during his memorable stay with the Horace Silver Quintet during the early '60s, however his first dates ...


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