Blue Mitchell
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Krentz Ratings:
Big Six (1958), 7/10
Out of the Blue (1959), 6/10
The Thing to Do (1964), 6/10

Richard "Blue" Mitchell, the trumpet of Horace Silver's quintet (1958-64), represented the "mainstream" version of hard bop with albums such as Big Six (july 1958), in a sextet with sextet with trombonist Curtis Fuller, tenor great Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Philly Joe Jones, featuring a ten-minute version of Benny Golson's Blues March, or Out Of The Blue (january 1959), in quintets with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianists Wynton Kelly and Cedar Walton, bassists Paul Chambers and Sam Jones and drummer Art Blakey, highlighted by Golson's Blues on My Mind. He matured as an arranger and composer on The Thing To Do (july 1964), in a quintet with Chick Corea on piano.

The Blue Mitchell Quintet also recorded Down With It (july 1965), with Chick Corea (piano), Junior Cook (tenor sax), Gene Taylor (bass) and Aloyisius Foster (drums), and Stable Mates (april 1977) with Dick Spencer (alto sax), Victor Feldman (piano), John Heard (bass) and Dick Berk (drums).

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