You have good taste, Blue Mitchell was a very fine trumpeter. I'll search for this recording on CD, thanks for the tip. I bet you'd like Kenny Dorham, another very talented trumpeter as well.
That session was actually recorded in 1976 at Pete Douglas' Half Moon Bay beachside home known for it's weekly concerts.Lots of major Jazz soloists were featured over the years at these concerts. The Rhythm section was all local San Francisco area players with Veteran drummer Smiley Winters. So this was just a few years before Blue died of cancer.
I count myself among the fortunate who heard Blue many times and never did he not play with total conviction, summoning forth his immense talents.In the early to mid 70's he played often with tenor saxophonist Harold Land and co-led a quintet that focused on Charlie Parker compositions with Saxophonist Richie Kamuca, who performed on the Alto,not the Tenor, as he was so well known for.They did make one record for Concord under Richie's name.Kamuca himself died right around that same time from the same disease.
Jazzcourier, thanks for the date correction. It was
amazingly well recorded for that type of situation. I
wonder if the guy that owned the home has more recordings of
the musicians that played at his place. This one is a gem.
I googled the Pete Douglas house and wow!! I'd never heard
of the place. What an incredible history of musicians that
have played there. Amazing.
Just to list a few who have had performances released from the beach house are Bill Evans and Art Pepper.This was a subscription concert series that sold the leftover seats to the public.The one time I visited there was for a concert in the 1980's with Flip Phillips,Ralph Sutton,and Kenny Davern.The acoustics were excellent and the audience was very attentive.The pounding waves on the coastline....they are pretty good too.I have the impression that the tapes were rolling for pretty much every gig, and that would be quite a little honeypot of good Jazz.