Watch the In Walked Blue online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know
There’s always something new to discover, and I have to admit I was not hip to Blue Mitchell except in name prior to developing this course. Then it turned out he was everywhere - on these groovy Lou Donaldson records, of course, but also as the trumpet player during the heyday of the Horace Silver quintet and on numerous LPs of his own and of other favorites of mine from throughout the sixties.
He’s a great musician to learn from, as he embodies a classic balance of blues licks and bebop lines delivered with a forthright tone and tremendous yet even-keeled rhythmic propulsion. You can hear Mitchell shuffle the blues on Donaldson's "Dapper Dan" and on his own "March on Selma," and lay back swinging on "Step Lightly."