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This early recording by Blue Mitchell finds the distinctive trumpeter in excellent form in a quintet also featuring tenor saxophonist Benny Golson (who contributed “Blues on My Mind”), either Wynton Kelly or Cedar Walton on piano, Paul Chambers or Sam Jones on bass and drummer Art Blakey. The consistently swinging repertoire includes a surprisingly effective version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” “Studio B,” recorded in the same period but formerly available only in a sampler, has been added to the program. This was an incredible date of high-quality hard bop.
This book is part of a project by Erik Veldkamp to transcribe the complete albums of Blue Mitchell, note for note. There is no better way to dive into the vocabulary of one of the greatest jazz players in history than to see his solos come to life on the page.
To the left you will find one transcription for free, below you will find the song list, and above you can grab an immediate digital download.