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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

What's left to say about Miles Davis? Birth of The Cool was originally released in 1957 and it brings together some of Davis's coolest from 1949-50. Most of the tracks were originally released on 10", 78RPM - those were the days! It's a comprehensive look at Cool Jazz and some of Davis's finest - a cool place to birth a Davis obsession or to just keep on bopping.  
  • Vinyl LP (4797297)
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Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists with some serious chops that accompany their intimidating CVs combine on this record to bring us a rhythmical conversation. Nice.

Wayne Shorter
Emanon

Well, this is a production and a half; I mean, Blue Note have really gone to town in the presentation and packaging for this one. As, of course, befits the stature of the man who recorded the work: the titan of jazz, of music and of art, namely Wayne Shorter. The record in question is Emanon and here it is, in all its glory: all 3 discs' worth. Also, in a deluxe package including all the LPs and CDs together, there's a very fine 84-page artbook featuring Shorter's self-penned graphic novel, signed by the man himself! Crazy.

R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

A proper all-star cast on this new Blue Note joint. Robert Glasper, Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge are part of R+R=NOW, and Collagically Speaking features guest spots from the likes of Terry Crews and Yasiin Bey. The band set out to ‘reflect the times’ on this one, both politically and musically. As such we have an LP of post-genre jazz - immediate comparisons would be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic - that frequently touches on The Current State Of Affairs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (6755433)

The Nels Cline 4
Currents, Constellations

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline strikes out on his own again with Currents, Constellations, ostensibly less ambitious than his previous outing, Lovers, which saw him front a 23 piece orchestra but no less engaging. Here, with the help of Scott Colley on bass, Tom Rainey on Drums and jazz guitarist Julian Lage, with whom Cline has worked before, The Nels Cline 4 create a versatile album of rock, balladry and the avant garde. LP on Blue Note.

Sonny Rollins
A Night At The Village Vanguard

A Night At The Village Vanguard was recorded over two sessions in one day in 1957. Recorded by jazz veteran Sonny Rollins, the album features Rollins on tenor sax with Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums for the first session and Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums for the second.
  • Vinyl LP (3773068)

Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane
At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall shows the burgeoning talents of John Coltrane coming to the fore during his time with Thelonious Monk Quartet. Monk’s experience shows he’s got a real player in Coltrane whose solo playing displays an early version of his ‘Sheets of Sound’ improvisation style. Unearthed by accident at the Library of Congress, this is a treat for jazz fans. Double vinyl LP on Blue Note.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5793871)

John Coltrane
Blue Train

Blue Train by John Coltrane was recorded in 1957. Blue Train follows the jazz sub-genre of Hard Bop. It was his second album, and surprisingly the only one he ever recorded for the legendary Blue Note label, although Coltrane was never officially signed to the label. This vinyl reissue celebrates the label’s 75th anniversary.
  • Vinyl LP (3771410)

GoGo Penguin
A Humdrum Star

A Humdrum Star is the second long-player from exponents of Jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin. This is their second for Blue Note, following on from, A Man Made Object in 2016. The band were critically lauded for their set at SXSW earlier in the year and their 2014 album V2.0 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. It's fair to say that they come highly recommended, then.
  • Vinyl Double LP (6716430)
  • CD (6716431)

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5768336)
  • CD (5781091)

Tony Allen
A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

A legendary drummer plays due homage to a legendary drummer on this Blue Note-released album. A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers finds Fela Kuti’s long-running percussion maestro Tony Allen following one of the roots of his amazing afro-jazz style back to the source, with reinterpretations of four of Art Blakey’s pieces. Vinyl release on Blue Note.

Nels Cline
Lovers

Nels Cline is a guitarist of wide talents, spreading his time around a long stint in Wilco as well as wild and noisy experimental work. Lovers is a double album years in the making, pulling together a broad ensemble of 23 musicians to play jazz standards, original pieces, and derivations on action by Arto Lindsay and Sonic Youth. Released on jazz super-label Blue Note!

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object

GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.
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  • CD (4764834)

Bobby Hutcherson
Happenings

Bobby Hutcherson’s Happenings was first issued in 1967. Hutcherson uses their impressive vibraphone talents to lead an ensemble that includes no less than Herbie Hancock, who is credited with ‘box full of rocks’ on one of the tracks (on the rest he sticks to piano). Reissued by the legendary Blue Note label.

Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner

Recorded in 1969, The Prisoner was the last album that Herbie Hancock recorded for the Blue Note label. The album is a social statement on racial oppression. Flautist, Hubert Laws, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn and trombone player Garnett Brown are among the group of stellar musicians joining Hancock on this album.

Cecil Taylor
Conquistador!

Reissue of a classic Cecil Taylor Blue Note album, originally gifted to the world in 1967. Taylor’s piano leads the dance, but with players including Henry Grimes, Bill Dixon and Jimmy Lyons in his group, the music on Conquistador! flows hot and free in all directions. Mmmmmm, 1960s free jazz...

Herbie Hancock
Empyrean Isles

Blue Note continues to celebrate reaching the ripe old age of seventy-five with one of Herbie Hancock's lesser celebrated classics, Empyrean Isles. Originally released in 1964, the record focuses on his hard bop specialities, especially with the innovative and half-improvised "One Finger Snap".

Thelonious Monk
Genius Of Modern Music Volume One

This is a bit of a must for jazz fans, really: 'Genius of Modern Music Volume One' offers the first recordings of Thelonius Monk as a bandleader, before you could certifiably call him a genius but definite proof of the genius he had. It includes his piece "Round Midnight", an absolute classic that also happens to be one of the only songs comedian Dave Chappelle can perform. This record was originally released by Blue Note a long time ago, but is being reissued as part of the label's 75th birthday. Happy birthday, jazz party people!

Herbie Hancock
Speak Like A Child

'Speak Like a Child' was originally released by Blue Note in 1968, and showed off multi-directional artist Herbie Hancock - who'd played jazz, funk, electronic and classical music -- in a standard jazz and hard bop mode. It also shows Hancock turning his interest to perfecting and experimenting with harmonies over chord progressions. 'Speak Like a Child' is getting a reissue as part of Blue Note's birthday reissue campaign. Happy birthday Blue Note! You're getting old.

Kenny Dorham
Afro-Cuban

'Afro Cuban' is a record fronted by jazz trumpeter Kenny Doram, known for being one of the best and most accurate of unions for jazz and Afro-Cuban disciplines. Originally released way back in 1955, it's getting a reissue as part of Blue Note's 100 Essential Albums celebration. Aside from pioneering a genre, 'Afro Cuban' notably offers up the first ever contribution to a jazz record by percussionist Carlos Valdes, who would go on to be treasured by many Latin vocal and jazz artists. 

Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

Mode For Joe is the fifth studio album by jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Released in 1966, this is Henderson's last Blue Note studio album as a leader. Mode For Joe will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was to include 100 essential Blue Note albums.

Joe Henderson
Mode For Joe

Mode For Joe is the fifth studio album by jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Released in 1966, this is Henderson's last Blue Note studio album as a leader. Mode For Joe will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was to include 100 essential Blue Note albums.

Cassandra Wilson
Travelling Miles

Released in 1999, Traveling Miles is a tribute album by Cassandra Wilson to Miles Davis. Wilson’s thirteenth career album, Traveling Miles will be reissued on 2 LPs as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was which will include 100 essential Blue Note albums.
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Donald Byrd
Black Byrd

One of Blue Note’s best-selling albums of all time, Black Byrd – a celebrated jazz funk release - has been reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was which will include 100 essential Blue Note albums.

Dexter Gordon
Go

In 1962, when the then 39-year old Dexter Gordon recorded Go, he had already lived a lifetime in jazz. Gordon plays chorus after chorus of outstanding ideas in his huge tone. Go! Is an album that grows in interest and power with each listen. It is Dexter Gordon at the height of his powers. Remastered and reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign, including special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles. First run of vinyl to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package.

The Ornette Coleman Trio
Stockholm Vol. 1

The electrifying Ornette Coleman, captured here with his trio in Stockholm in 1965. A few years after he started blowing minds with The Shape Of Jazz To Come and Free Jazz, on this recording Coleman’s trio is both wonderfully free and marvellously melodic, bringing it all together with great skill. Nice stylish Blue Note cover too.

Herbie Hancock
Maiden Voyage

'Maiden Voyage' is a concept album based around the idea of reproducing an oceanic atmosphere, hence the title references to marine biology. Featuring five original compositions by Hancock, this record is considered one of his greatest 60s albums. Originally recorded in 1965, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Dexter Gordon
Our Man in Paris

Recorded in ‘63 for Blue Note during his European period, Our Man In Paris is Dexter Gordon at his bopping best. A tight collection of standards it showcases why he was such an important sax player. A cohesive rhythm section of Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums allows Gordon to spread his harmonic wings. Out on vinyl LP from Blue Note.

Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

Cannonball Adderley took some time out from the 1958-era Miles Davis Sextet to record Somethin’ Else, because these jazz characters were certainly nothing if not busy. Somethin’ Else is quite possibly Adderley’s best as a bandleader, which means it is really rather good indeed. Includes a strong take on the classic standard ‘Autumn Leaves’.

Larry Young
Unity

A freshly remastered vinyl version of legendary jazz organist Larry Young’s 1966 sophomore date for Blue Note, released to mark the label’s 75th anniversary. This session featured Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax) and Elvin Jones (drums), who ably facilitated Young’s modal expansions. Young would go on to distinguish himself as one of the fieriest contributors to the burgeoning sound of jazz fusion with later albums on Blue Note and, more famously, with Miles Davis (on ‘Bitches Brew’) and Tony Williams (in Lifetime). Unity is almost as well known for its iconic Reid Miles cover design as for the pioneering music within.
  • Vinyl LP (3771414)

Wayne Shorter
Speak No Evil

Wayne Shorter has been awarded ten Grammy awards since 1979 for his exemplary jazz work. Back in 1964 he was fusing hard bop and modal jazz recording his 6th album, Speak No Evil, for legendary jazz label, Blue Note. The album features a quartet of musicians, along with Shorter, there’s Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones. The album is now being reissued on vinyl to celebrate the label’s 75th anniversary.

Eric Dolphy
Out To Lunch

Avant jazz hero Eric Dolphy is best known for Out To Lunch, a record that both referenced the contemporary scene around it (including n homge to Thelonius Monk), while innovating a forthcoming experimental movement. It's back again on vinyl thanks to Blue Note getting to the ripe old age of 75.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Free For All

Free For All by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers was originally released in 1964 on the Blue Note label. With Blakey leading the band on Drums, this album also features Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Reggie Workman. This vinyl reissue is part of a reissue program initiated by current Blue Note label president, Don Was, to celebrate the label’s 75th anniversary.