Trumpeter Blue Mitchell’s Blue Note debut went unissued for 17 years, only coming out on this 1980 LP. The set must have been lost in the shuffle, for the music is consistently excellent. Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, altoist Leo Wright, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Roy Brooks perform four originals and obscurities, plus lyrical versions of “Sweet and Lovely” and “Cry Me a River.” This album is VERY worth searching for.
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.
- Sweet and Lovely
- Step Lightly
- Cry Me a River