Blue Note

~ Label

Annotation

One of the most important jazz label of the 50s/60s. Actual production also stretches toward various electro/remix stuff.

Activity: 1939-1965 (independent) 1965-1979 (as a subsidiary), then revived 1985-today (as a subsidiary)
Production type: original (plus a few recent reissues of subsidiary labels)
Founded by: Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff
Has/had subsidiaries: Capitol Jazz, Pacific Jazz and Roulette Jazz (as Blue Note is now the flagship EMI Group's jazz label)
Current Status:

  • Sold to: Liberty Records (1965), which was bought by United Artists (1969), which was bought by EMI Group (1979)
  • Top parent company: EMI Group
  • Distributed by: Capitol/EMI

Catalog reissued by: Some things appear on Mosaic Records
Additional:
The following detailed explanations are copied from Plosin:
"The Blue Note Modern Jazz Series began in late 1951 with the following 10" monaural LPs. Some of these LPs were later reissued as part of the Blue Note 1500 Series of 12" LPs. At first, recordings were made in various studios in New York (Reeves Sound Studio, WOR Studios, Apex Studios, Audio Video Studios). Beginning in October 1953, however, most Blue Note sessions took place in Rudy van Gelder's home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Van Gelder moved the studio to Englewood Cliffs in early July 1959.) The sessions were produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Van Gelder, and many LP covers featured photographs by Lion's childhood friend Francis Wolff.
Blue Note made the change to 12" LPs late in 1955. The Modern Jazz Series continued with the following 12" LPs. Most of these were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and artificial stereo versions (BST 81000 series). Beginning in 1956 with BLP 1509, Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note LP covers. Together with Alfred Lion's production, Rudy van Gelder's engineering, and Frank Wolff's photography, Miles' designs defined the Blue Note look and sound. The Blue Note 4000 series began in the mid-1950s with many of the same artists. The 1500 series has been systematically reissued by Toshiba in Japan ("Blue Note Works 1500" series, 20-bit K2 CDs); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-1501, etc. In addition, originally unissued material from these late 50s dates was made available on Toshiba's 1600 series (20-bit K2 CDs).

Toshiba/Blue Note 1600 series
These CDs make available originally unissued material from the sessions which gave us the 1500 series of Blue Note LPs. They are manufactured by Toshiba and employ 20-bit, 88.2 KHz recording technology."

Catalog attempt at the remainder of http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Jazz/Labels/BlueNote

The label was founded as Blue Note Records and is still called Blue Note Records.

Annotation last modified on 2015-07-20 16:09 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Face to Face Baby Face Willette Vinyl 6 4068
Feelin' Good The Three Sounds Vinyl 8 4072
Hub Cap Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 6 4073
Let Me Tell You ’Bout It (mono) Leo Parker 12" Vinyl 7 4087
Shades of Redd Freddie Redd Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4045
Goin' Up Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4056 [none]
Undercurrent Kenny Drew 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4059
Headin' South Horace Parlan 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4062
Whistle Stop Kenny Dorham 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4063
Grant's First Stand Grant Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4064
Here 'Tis Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4066
Up at Minton's, Volume 1 Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4069 [none]
Up at Minton's, Volume 2 Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4070 [none]
Green Street Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4071
On the Spur of the Moment Horace Parlan Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4074
Doin' Allright Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4077
Gravy Train Lou Donaldson Vinyl 7 BLP 4079
Workout Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4080
Up & Down Horace Parlan 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4082
Grantstand Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BLP-4086 [none]
A Fickle Sonance Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4089
Leapin' and Lopin' Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4091
Bluesnik Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84067
Green Street Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84071 [none]
Midnight Special Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84078 [none]
Workout Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BST-84080 [none]
Ready for Freddie Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84085 [none]
Grantstand (Stereo) Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84086
Sunday Mornin' Grant Green 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84099
The Freedom Rider Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2×12" Vinyl 2 + 3 BST 84156
The Tokyo Blues The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4110
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 2) Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Vinyl 5 4055
It Might As Well Be Spring Ike Quebec 12" Vinyl 6 4105
Black Orchid The Three Sounds Vinyl 8 4165
Stop and Listen Baby Face Willette (unknown) 7 BLP 4084
Heavy Soul Ike Quebec 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4093
Hootin' 'n Tootin' Fred Jackson 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4094 [none]
The Natural Soul Lou Donaldson Vinyl 6 BLP 4108
Takin' Off Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4109
Go (mono) Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4112
Down to Earth Freddie Roach 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4113
Bossa Nova Soul Samba Ike Quebec Vinyl 9 BLP 4114
Hub-Tones Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4115
A Swingin' Affair Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4133
Out of This World The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4197 [none]
The Latin Bit Grant Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 84111
My Hour of Need Dodo Greene 12" Vinyl 16 BLP 9001
Portrait of Sheila Sheila Jordan 12" Vinyl 12 BLP 9002
The Cat Walk Donald Byrd 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 BST 84075 [none]
Blue and Sentimental Ike Quebec 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84098 [none]
Buhaina's Delight Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 BST 84104
Soul Samba Ike Quebec 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84114 [none]
Blue and Sentimental Ike Quebec (unknown) 8
Money Jungle Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach Vinyl 7
It Just Got To Be The Three Sounds Vinyl 8 4120
Una Mas Kenny Dorham Vinyl 3 4127
Two Souls In One George Braith Vinyl 5 4148
Midnight Blue Kenny Burrell 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4123
A New Perspective Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4124
Good Gracious! Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4125
Feelin' the Spirit Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4132 [none]
Am I Blue? Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4139
Page One Joe Henderson 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4140 [none]
Our Man in Paris Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4146
No Room for Squares Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4149
Evolution (mono) Grachan Moncur III 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4153 [none]
The Sidewinder Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4157
Soul Stream George Braith 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4161
Back at the Chicken Shack Jimmy Smith Vinyl 4 BST 84117
Elder Don Don Wilkerson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84121 [none]
Good Gracious! Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84125
My Point of View Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84126
Along Came John John Patton 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84130
One Step Beyond Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84137 [none]
Am I Blue? Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84139
Little Johnny C Johnny Coles CD 6 BST 84144
Evolution Grachan Moncur III 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84153 [none]
Silver's Serenade The Horace Silver Quintet (unknown) 5
Smoke Stack Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 7
Undercurrent Bill Evans & Jim Hall Vinyl 6
Point of Departure Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84167
Judgment! Andrew Hill Vinyl 6 BST 84159
Destination... Out! Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4165
Mamacita Kenny Dorham Vinyl 2 1922
The Way I Feel John Patton Vinyl 5 4174
Inventions & Dimensions Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4147
A Chip Off the Old Block Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4150
Our Thing Joe Henderson 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4152
Idle Moments (Mono) Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4154 [none]
‘Out to Lunch!’ Eric Dolphy 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4163 [none]
In 'n Out Joe Henderson 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4166
Search for the New Land Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4169
Free for All Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4170
Extension George Braith 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4171
Breaking Point Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4172
'The Way I Feel' 'Big' John Patton 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4174
One Flight Up Dexter Gordon Vinyl 4 BLP 4176
Talkin' About Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BLP-4183
Song for My Father The Horace Silver Quintet Vinyl 6 BN 4185
Black Fire Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84151