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Blue Mitchell’s “Blue Soul” album

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This is just another energetic album by Blue Mitchell to listen to that will only make you understand how talented he truly was. I am and have been appreciating it throughout, while typing this post here. It was recorded and released in 1959 and features an impressive Jimmy Heath on the tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Wynton Kelley on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. “Blue Soul” will lift your spirits and help you cope with all sorts of difficult and/or confusing situations. This is the beauty of jazz and its unmatched power to put everything into perspective! This album is again, another classic that slipped by undetected, so don’t get fooled by the the price of the CD version (just over $5) this doesn’t reflect the quality of the music, by any means at all. For a matter of fact, you get 9 songs with each played to perfection and with a lot of soul, as the name of the album implies. Enjoy!

About the album:

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). Though somewhat underrated, the late Blue Mitchell stands as one of the finest trumpeters in the 1960s and ’70s hard bop scene. His crisp, crackling, extroverted tone sparkled on the albums of Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, and even British blues avatar John Mayall. A session from 1959, BLUE SOUL finds Mitchell cooking in front of a band including bop aces Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones, and Wynton Kelly of Miles Davis fame. The program mostly consists of……Read More

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