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Blue Mitchell Solos

Blue Mitchell Blue Mitchell was born March 13, 1930 in Miami, Florida. He took up trumpet in high school where he acquired his nickname. After high school, he toured with R&B bands led by Paul Williams, Earl Bostic, and Chuck Willis. After returning to Miami, he was heard by Cannonball Adderly, who took him to New York to record for Riverside in 1958. Mitchell gained a reputation working with Horace Silver’s quintet from 1958 to March of 1964, where his lyrical playing and beautiful tone perfectly complemented Silver’s simplified, soulful brand of bop. When Silver disbanded in 1963, Mitchell formed his own group, employing most of his fellow musicians, with Silver's place being taken by Chick Corea. This band continued until the end of the decade, at which time Mitchell joined the band that was backing Ray Charles. During the early 70s, Mitchell played with a number of artists in fields outside jazz, notably bluesman John Mayall and popular singers such as Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. Resident in Los Angeles from the mid-70s, Mitchell freelanced in both small and big bands, including those led by Harold Land, Louie Bellson and Bill Berry.

Blue Mitchell died of cancer on May 21st 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49.

Discography

Big 6 (Riverside 1958)
Out Of The Blue (Riverside 1958)
Blue Soul (Riverside 1959)
Blues On My Mind (Riverside 1959)
Blue's Moods (Riverside 1960)
Smooth As The Wind (Riverside 1960)
A Sure Thing (Riverside 1962)
The Cup Bearers (Riverside 1963)
Step Lightly (Blue Note 1963)
The Thing To Do (Blue Note 1964)
Down With It (Blue Note 1965)
Bring It Home To Me (Blue Note 1966)
After This Message (Atlantic 1966)
Boss Horn (Blue Note 1967)
Heads Up! (Blue Note 1968)
Collision In Black (Blue Note 1968)
Bantu Village (Blue Note 1969)
Blue Mitchell (1971)
Vital Blue (1971)
Blue's Blues (Mainstream 1974)
Graffiti Blues (Audio Fidelity 1974)
Many Shades Of Blue (Mainstream 1974)
Stratosonic Nuances (RCA 1975)
Live At Douglas Beach House, 1976 (Culture Press 1976)
Funktion Junction (1976)
with Harold Land Mapenzi (Concord Jazz 1977)
with Land Best Of The West (Concord Jazz 1977)
Last Dance (JAM 1977)
African Violet (1977)
Summer Soft (Impulse! 1977)
Source: Encyclopedia of Popular Music
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