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Blue Mitchell: “I’ll Close My Eyes”

Very pretty stuff. Blue Mitchell is on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on bass.

Here is more on Mitchell:

Richard Allen “Blue” Mitchell (trumpet) was born on March 13, 1930 in Miami, Florida and passed away on May 21, 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49.

Mitchell took the nickname “Blue” in high school. Mitchell’s mother reportedly hoped to have a musician in the family, but her son only took up the trumpet to join his high school band at age 17.

The teenaged trumpeter came into music during the dawning days of bebop: he cited Dizzy Gillespies Shaw ‘Nuff, recorded in 1945, as an early influence, but he credited Dick Smothers, a Miami trumpeter and bandleader, as the inspiration for the lyricism that became his signature. Continue Reading…

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