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Trumpeter Blue Mitchell and four-fifths of the Horace Silver Quintet (with Cedar Walton in Silver’s place) perform a variety of superior songs on The Cup Bearers, including Walton’s “Turquoise,” Tom McIntosh’s “Cup Bearers,” Thad Jones’ “Tiger Lily,” and a couple of standards. The music swings hard, mostly avoids sounding like a Horace Silver group, and has particularly strong solos from Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook and Walton. This is excellent 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.