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Bobbi Humphrey
Blacks and Blues

A classic jazz-funk wedge gets reissued by Blue Note. Bobbi Humphrey is the name on the front of 1973's Blacks And Blues, and her sprightly flute playing and confident leadership gives these soulful, strutting fusion pieces the chutzpah they need to shine. However, the success of Blacks And Blues owes much to both Humphrey’s band and producers The Mizell Brothers - one half of whom (Larry Mizell) composed these numbers.

Art Blakey

Legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey - a genre stalwart who worked with icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk - released one of his very finest records with his band the Jazz Messengers in 1966, also his final album for the Blue Note label. Indestructible now gets a vinyl re-issue, 53 years on. 

GoGo Penguin
Ocean In A Drop

As a marquee name in the modern glut of modern jazz revivalists, GoGo Penguin turn their attention to music for film in 'Ocean In A Drop' - an original live score to Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 experimental indie film, Koyaanisqatsi. An enigmatic and powerful coming together of two cult artistic forces.

Lou Donaldson
Alligator Bogaloo

Fusing hard bop and soul jazz and creating a seriously funky concoction, saxophonist Lou Donaldson scored a minor crossover success with the title track of his 1967 album Alligator Bogaloo, with the help of a young George Benson on guitar and a band that included Idris Muhammad on drums. This vinyl re-issue comes with new photos and liner notes. 
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  • Blue Note

Don Cherry
Brown Rice

Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.

Donald Byrd

Chant was the second studio album by legendary trumpet parper Donald Byrd. Recorded in 1961 it features a young Herbie Hancock on piano and as well as several originals there are takes on tunes by Duke Ellington and Duke Pearson. Strangely, the album wasn't released officially until 1979 but as if making up for lost time Blue Note have spared no expense with this 180g edition re-mastered from the original tapes and in luxury gatefold sleeve. 

Stanley Turrentine

Blue Note Records have cut so many classic LPs down the years that you can pretty much just select at random from their back catalogue and be guaranteed some great listening. Case in point - Stanley Turrentine’s Hustlin’, a superb 1964 hard-bop record that also featured the talents of Bob Cranshaw, Otis Finch and Kenny Burrell. Now reissued, this new edition of Hustlin’ comes with remastered audio.

Gil Evans
New Bottle Old Wine

The cast list for Gil Evans’ 1958 LP New Bottle Old Wine reads like a ‘who’s who’ of first-wave jazz greats. Cannonball Adderley is the main soloist, and in support of him we find people such as Art Blakey and Johnny Coles. Then there’s Evans himself, one of the finest arrangers of his age, turning out orchestral reinterpretations of Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and the like. We needn’t tell you that New Bottle Old Wine is a fabulous record - and we also needn’t tell you that this new Blue Note edition, mastered from the original tapes, is as fine a way to hear it as any.

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.
  • Vinyl 10" (6778630)
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  • Limited edition
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Reuben Wilson
Blue Mode

Three originals and three covers on this acclaimed jazz-funk LP from Reuben Wilson here. First cut for Blue Note back in 1969, Wilson’s third album Blue Mode goes hard on the soul-jazz and the fusion-funk. The strutting drums and stanky basslines are the sort of things that will never go out of fashion. Blue Mode's recording was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder dontcha know.

Lonnie Smith

The second LP from ya boy Dr. Lonnie Smith gets a reissue via Blue Note. 1968's Think! is one of those oft-imitated, rarely-improved golden-age jazz tomes. Backed by a group that consisted of Lee Morgan, David ‘Fathead’ Newman and Melvin Sparks, Smith and his organ deliver a set that combines classic bop sounds with Hugh Masekela’s South African style, spiritual jazz, funk and early fusion. The result is a hot-fingered masterpiece.
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  • Blue Note

Lou Donaldson
Mr. Shing-A-Ling 

Mr. Shing-A-Ling is a 1967 album by saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, one of three he released that year. It shows Donaldson transitioning from bop-tinged soul jazz to jazz funk, opening with a mid-tempo groove workout of Bobby Gentry’s Ode To Billy Joe. The band included Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Ponder.
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  • Blue Note

Lee Morgan

Trumpeter, Lee Morgan, earned his jazz chops playing with John Coltrane and Art Blakey. He was prominent in the ‘60s with classic albums such as The Sidewinder (1963) and the equally superb Cornbread (1965). For this he got together an ace band featuring Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, Jackie McClean and Larry Ridley. Sadly, Morgan was shot and killed by his common-law wife in 1972.

Grant Green
Grant’s First Stand

Though Grant’s First Stand isn’t technically the first set Grant Green taped for Blue Note - that honour goes to the recordings collected as 2001’s First Session - it was definitely the first LP that the famed jazz guitarist released through the label. On this record Green’s unusual trio (drums, organ and guitar) front their own take on the contemporaneous sounds of hard bop and balladry. The result is an album that still surprises and thrills all these years later.

Johnny Griffin

Blue Note reissue the classic debut LP from late saxophonist Johnny Griffin. 1956’s Introducing Johnny Griffin kick-started one of the longest and most distinguished careers in jazz, but even well over a half a century later this record still ranks among the ‘Little Giant’s finest. Introducing’s opening track ‘Mil Dew’ is one of the essential hard bop texts.

Freddie Hubbard
Open Sesame

This new edition of Freddie Hubbard’s famous 1960 debut LP fronts up the original in its full glory. Even all these years later Open Sesame remains a exercise in bespoke cool from the famous trumpeter/flugelhorn player. Along with a band that featured Tina Brooks (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums), Hubbard swings through a set of originals and covers here with effortless grace. Blue Note’s latest pressing of Open Sesame features liner notes penned by the late Ira Gitler.

Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper is a well-respected and successful jazz et al musician, winning Grammys for the film Miles Ahead, for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, and his solo albums. Damn. But now let's look back to his major label debut, on none other than Blue Note. Canvas was originally released in 2005, and features nine spritely groovy originals and a cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Riot’.

Herbie Hancock
Takin' Off

Takin’ Off is the highly regarded debut album by Herbie Hancock. It was originally released in 1962. Hancock is joined by an impressive cast of cats: Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. It includes the track, 'Watermelon Man', which was so successful it made it into the pop charts and has since become a jazz standard. Reissue LP on Blue Note.

Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright

Dexter Gordon signed to Blue Note in 1961 for his debut album Doin’ Alright. It was somewhat of a renaissance for the tenor sax legend following a decade of heroin addiction and various legal issues. Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan,George Tucker and Al Harewood make up the quintet. Still on Blue Note.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.