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
Idle Moments Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84154 [none]
Search for the New Land Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84169
Night Dreamer Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84173
Empyrean Isles Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84175
The Thing to Do Blue Mitchell 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84178 [none]
Life Time Tony Williams 12" Vinyl 5 BST-84180 [none]
Juju Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84182 [none]
Talkin' About (Stereo) Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84183
Fuchsia Swing Song Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 6 BST-84184
Into Somethin' Larry Young 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84187
Indestructible Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84193 [none]
Street of Dreams Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BST-84253 [none]
Cosmos Andrew Hill Vinyl 11 459
Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4195
Spring Tony Williams (unknown) 5
Joyride Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 6 84201, BST 84201, ST-84201
The Rumproller Lee Morgan Vinyl 5 84199, BST 84199, ST-84199
It's Time! Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 4179
Softly as a Summer Breeze Jimmy Smith Vinyl 6 4200
I'm Tryin' to Get Home Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 84188
Song for My Father The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4185
The Turnaround! Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4186
Inner Urge Joe Henderson 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4189
Speak No Evil Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4194 [none]
Blue Spirits Freddie Hubbard 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4196
The Rumproller Lee Morgan Vinyl 5 BLP 4199
I Want to Hold Your Hand Grant Green 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4202 [none]
Gettin' Around Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4204
Basra Pete La Roca 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4205 [none]
Contours Sam Rivers 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4206
Dippin' Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4209
Components Bobby Hutcherson 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4213
Down With It The Blue Mitchell Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4214
Compulsion Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4217
Unity Larry Young 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4221
Cornbread (mono) Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4222 [none]
At the "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Volume One The Ornette Coleman Trio 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4224
The Turnaround! Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BST-84186
Wahoo Duke Pearson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84191 [none]
Oh Baby! John Patton (unknown) 6 BST 84192
Dialogue Bobby Hutcherson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84198
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Stereo) Grant Green 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84202
Components Bobby Hutcherson 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84213
Spring Tony Williams 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84216
Unity Larry Young 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84221 [none]
At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Volume Two The Ornette Coleman Trio 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84225
The Cape Verdean Blues The Horace Silver Quintet (unknown) 6
Mode for Joe Joe Henderson 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4227
Delightfulee Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84243 [none]
Of Love and Peace Larry Young 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84242
Bucket Jimmy Smith Vinyl 7 4235
A New Conception Sam Rivers (unknown) 7 4249
Right Now! Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 4215
Bring It Home to Me Blue Mitchell 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4228
Got a Good Thing Goin' Big John Patton 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4229
A Caddy for Daddy Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4230
Adam's Apple Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4232 [none]
Let'em Roll John Patton Vinyl 6 BLP 4239
Like Someone in Love Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4245 [none]
The Empty Foxhole Ornette Coleman 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4246
Symphony for Improvisers Don Cherry 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 4247
The Spoiler Stanley Turrentine CD 6 BLP 4256
The Gigolo Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84212 [none]
The All Seeing Eye Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84219
Complete Communion Don Cherry 12" Vinyl 2 BST 84226
Unit Structures Cecil Taylor 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84237 [none]
Mustang! Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84238
Stick-Up! Bobby Hutcherson 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 BST 84244
Vibrations The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84248
The Rajah Lee Morgan Vinyl 6 BST 84426
Schizophrenia Wayne Shorter Vinyl 6
Alligator Bogaloo Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84263
Oblique Bobby Hutcherson CD 6 7 84444 2 077778444428
Action Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 4218
Standards Lee Morgan Vinyl 6 23213
Something Personal (Original LP Record Release) Jack Wilson Vinyl 6 4251
Easy Walker Stanley Turrentine Vinyl 6 4268
Symphony for Improvisers Don Cherry (unknown) 2 63829
The Sixth Sense Lee Morgan CD 9 7243 5 22467 2 4 724352246724
Go! (stereo) Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 6 84112, BST-84112 [none]
The Jody Grind The Horace Silver Quintet / Sextet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4250
Sweet Honey Bee Duke Pearson 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 4252
Boss Horn Blue Mitchell 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4257
Alligator Bogaloo Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4263
The Real McCoy McCoy Tyner Vinyl 5 BLP 4264
Contrasts Larry Young 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4266
Byrd in Hand Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84019 [none]
Inventions & Dimensions Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84147 [none]
One Flight Up Dexter Gordon 12" Vinyl 3 BST 84176
Happenings Bobby Hutcherson 12" Vinyl 7 BST-84231
Lush Life Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84254
I’m Movin’ On Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84255 [none]
The Witch Doctor Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 3 BST 84258
Blackjack Donald Byrd Vinyl 6 BST 84259
Conquistador! Cecil Taylor Vinyl 2 BST 84260
New and Old Gospel Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 3 BST 84262
The Real McCoy McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84264
Contrasts Larry Young 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84266
Easy Walker Stanley Turrentine (unknown) 11 BST 84268
Mr. Shing-A-Ling Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84271