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
Hi Voltage Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84273
Slow Drag Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84292
Andrew!!! Andrew Hill Vinyl 6 BST 84203
Natural Essence Tyrone Washington Vinyl 6 4274
Taru Lee Morgan CD 6 7243 5 22670 2 6 724352267026
Serenade to a Soul Sister The Horace Silver Quintet with Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 4277
Open House The Incredible Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84269 [none]
Heads Up! Blue Mitchell 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84272 [none]
Tender Moments McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84275 [none]
Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band The Duke Pearson Big Band 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84276
Speak Like a Child Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84279
Midnight Creeper Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84280
That Certain Feeling John Patton 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84281
Puttin' It Together Elvin Jones 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84282
’Bout Soul Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84284
Coldwater Flat The Three Sounds And The Oliver Nelson Orchestra 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84285
The Look of Love Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84286 [none]
Reach Out! Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84288
Total Eclipse Bobby Hutcherson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84291
Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music Eddie Gale 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84294 [none]
On Broadway Reuben Wilson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84295 [none]
Plain Talk Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84296 [none]
Elegant Soul Gene Harris & The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84301
Grass Roots Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84303
Heaven on Earth Larry Young 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84304
The Ultimate Elvin Jones 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84305 [none]
Understanding John Patton Vinyl 6 BST 84306
Time for Tyner McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84307
!Caramba! Lee Morgan CD 6
Introducing Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet Kenny Cox CD 6
Think! Dr. Lonnie Smith Vinyl 5
Everything I Play Is Funky Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84337
Soul Symphony The Three Sounds 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84341 [none]
Collision In Black Blue Mitchell Vinyl 12 4300
Merry Ole Soul Duke Pearson Vinyl 9 84323
The Best Of Horace Silver Horace Silver Vinyl 6 84325
Poly-Currents Elvin Jones Vinyl 5 84331
Multidirection Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quintet Vinyl 6 84339
Accent on the Blues John Patton Vinyl 6 84340
Song for My Daughter Jack Wilson 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84238
Always Something There Stanley Turrentine 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84298
Say It Loud! Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84299
Now Hear This Duke Pearson Vinyl 9 BST 84308
You Gotta Take a Little Love The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84309
Goin' West Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST-84310
Where Is Brooklyn? Don Cherry 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84311
Charisma Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84312
Love Bug Reuben Wilson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84317
Hot Dog Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84318
Fancy Free Donald Byrd 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84319
Black Rhythm Happening Eddie Gale 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84320 [none]
The Prisoner Herbie Hancock 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84321
Down Home Style “Brother” Jack McDuff 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84322 [none]
Bantu Village Blue Mitchell 12" Vinyl 7 BST 84324
The Flip Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84329
Super Nova Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84332 [none]
Now! Bobby Hutcherson 2×12" Vinyl 3 + 2 BST 84333
Expansions McCoy Tyner 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84338
Blue Mode Reuben Wilson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84343
How Insensitive Duke Pearson 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84344
Score Randy Brecker Vinyl 8
Turning Point Dr. Lonnie Smith Vinyl 5
Asante McCoy Tyner (unknown) 7 BN-LA 223-G
Demon's Dance Jackie McLean 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84345
Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring “Brother” Jack McDuff Vinyl 6 4358
Another Story Stanley Turrentine Vinyl 5 84336
Move Your Hand Lonnie Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BST 84326
Carryin’ On Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST-84327 [none]
Lift Every Voice Andrew Hill 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84330 [none]
Moon Rappin' “Brother” Jack McDuff 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84334
Green is Beautiful Grant Green 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84342 [none]
Consummation Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84346
Roots & Herbs Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84347
To Seek a New Home “Brother” Jack McDuff 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84348
Electric Byrd Donald Byrd 2×12" Vinyl 2 + 2 BST 84349
Electric Funk Jimmy McGriff 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84350
Drives Dr. Lonnie Smith 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84351
That Healin' Feelin' The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84352
The United States of Mind, Phase 1: That Healin' Feelin' The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84352
Wayfaring Stranger Jeremy Steig 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84354
Worth Waiting For... Joe Williams 12" Vinyl 12 BST 84355
Pretty Things Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84359
Alive! Grant Green 12" Vinyl 4 BST-84360
Something To Listen To Jimmy McGriff 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84364
Live at the Lighthouse Lee Morgan 2×Vinyl 2 + 2 BST 89906
The Song of Singing Chick Corea CD 6
Coalition Elvin Jones (unknown) 5 84361
Black Pearl Jimmy McGriff Vinyl 6 84374
Love Call Ornette Coleman Vinyl 4 BST-84356
Beautiful Candido 12" Vinyl 10 BST 84357
Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring Brother Jack McDuff 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84358
San Francisco Bobby Hutcherson feat. Harold Land 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84362 [none]
Odyssey of Iska Wayne Shorter 12" Vinyl 5 BST 84363 [none]
A Groovy Situation Reuben Wilson 12" Vinyl 6 BST 84365
The United States of Mind, Phase 2: Total Response The Horace Silver Quintet / Sextet 12" Vinyl 9 BST 84368 [none]
Total Response: The United States Of Mind Phase 2 Horace Silver Vinyl 9 BST 84368
Cosmos Lou Donaldson Vinyl 6 BST-84370
Visions Grant Green 12" Vinyl 8 BST 84373
Head On Bobby Hutcherson 2×12" Vinyl 4 + 2 BST 84376
Set Us Free Reuben Wilson 12" Vinyl 7 BST-84377 [none]