Blue Note Records

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Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records has aimed to uphold that distinction over the nearly 70 years since its first recording session. Founded as a small independent label, Blue Note has gone on to become the premiere Jazz label in the world, and also the longest running.

It took the joining of many natural forces to create and define one of the greatest Jazz labels there has ever been: Jazz-loving German immigrants on the run from Nazism (Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff), a New Jersey optometrist moonlighting as a recording engineer (Rudy Van Gelder), a classical music-loving commercial designer (Reid Miles), and slews of the most incredible musicians that have ever walked the earth (too many to name them all here). The elements that each brought to the table—impeccable A&R instincts, elegant and insightful photography, sterling sound quality, strikingly original cover artwork, and consistently transcendent music—were all essential to the label's early success, the whole could not have existed without each of the parts.

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  1. Blacks And Blues Bobbi Humphrey
    Blacks And Blues
    June 14, 2019
  2. The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2 Joe Henderson
    The State Of The Tenor • Live At The Village Vanguard • Volume 2
    May 28, 2019
  3. Old Bottle New Wine Gil Evans
    Old Bottle New Wine
    May 15, 2019
  4. Etcetera Wayne Shorter
    Etcetera
    February 15, 2019
  5. Emanon Wayne Shorter
    Emanon
    September 27, 2018
  6. Emanon Wayne Shorter
    Emanon
    September 14, 2018
  7. Emanon Wayne Shorter
    Emanon
    August 28, 2018
  8. Lean On Me José James
    Lean On Me
    August 28, 2018
  9. Vanished Gardens Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams
    Vanished Gardens
    July 23, 2018
  10. Vanished Gardens Charles Lloyd &The Marvels + Lucinda Williams
    Vanished Gardens
    July 10, 2018

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