Blue Note

~ Label


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
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

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.


Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Crazy! Baby Jimmy Smith CD 7 06007 5376971 [none]
Midnight Special Jimmy Smith CD 5 06007 5376972 [none]
back at the chicken shack Jimmy Smith CD 4 06007 5376973 [none]
Softly As a Summer Breeze Jimmy Smith CD 6 06007 5376974 [none]
Jazz Profile Duke Ellington CD 12 006 724385490026
The Best of Michel Petrucciani: The Blue Note years 1986-1994 Michel Petrucciani CD 7 497563 2 724349756328
Jazz Super Hits Various Artists CD 6 54214 094635421422
Christmas Time Is Here Dianne Reeves CD 11 7243 4 73345 2 8 724347334528
Top Secret Marc Moulin CD 10 7243 5 36034 2 7 724353603427
Parker's Mood Stefano Di Battista CD 12 8661712 0724386617125
Volume 3 Miles Davis Quartet 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5040
The Sidewinder Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84157-U
The Best Of Horace Silver Horace Silver 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84 325 K
My Hour of Need Dodo Greene 12" Vinyl 10 BST 89001
The Real McCoy (with Nat Hentoff original LP liner notes.) McCoy Tyner CD 5 CDP 546512 020831175326
Asante (reissue release with more track than the original LP) McCoy Tyner CD 7 CDP7243 4 93384 2 5 724349338425
Togo Brava Suite Duke Ellington CD 13 CDP 7243 8 30082 2 3 724383008223
The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings Clifford Brown 4×CD 18 + 17 + 7 + 7 CDP 7243 8 34195 2 4 724383419524
Spring Tony Williams CD 5 CDP 7 46135 2 077774613521
It's About Time McCoy Tyner & Jackie McLean CD 6 CDP 7 46291 2 077774629126
Money Jungle Duke EllingtonCharles MingusMax Roach CD 13 CDP 7 46398 2 [none]
Candy Lee Morgan CD 7 CDP 7 46508 2 077774650823
‘Out to Lunch!’ Eric Dolphy CD 5 CDP 7 46524 2 077774652421
Generation Kenny Burrell & The Jazz Guitar Band CD 9 CDP 7 46756 2 077774675628
Tender Moments McCoy Tyner CD 6 CDP 7 84275 2 077778427520
Black Byrd Donald Byrd CD 7 CDP 7 84466 2 077778446620
Music Michel Petrucciani CD 10 CDP7925632 077779256327
A Night in Tunisia Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers CD 5 ST-84049 4988006688544
At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 2 Jimmy Smith CD 4
At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 1 Donald Byrd CD 8 077774653923
Blue and Sentimental Ike Quebec CD 8
Jazz Profile Art Blakey CD 6
Little Broken Hearts Norah Jones Digital Media 13 5099946376251
Seventh Sense Kevin Hays SACD 10 077778967927
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 J.J. Johnson CD 15
The Sermon! Jimmy Smith Vinyl 3
Una Mas Kenny Dorham (unknown) 3