October 17 2014
Blue Note has partnered with the high-end audiophile brand Astell&Kern on an exclusive, limited edition box set. Available now for a limited time, the Astell&Kern Blue Note 75th Anniversary Box Set: Limited Edition features 75 essential Blue Note albums newly remastered from analog to the hi-res MQS digital format (24bit/192kHz). Five of these albums make their exclusive hi-res audio debuts with this release: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Mosaic, Tina Brooks True Blue, Don Cherry Complete Communion, Andrew Hill Point Of Departure, and Bobby Hutcherson Components. The lavish collection includes the Blue Note branded Astell&Kern AK240 high-resolution portable audio player pre-loaded with all 75 titles, a special book filled with original album art, as well as Richard Havers’ new book, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression. For more information about the collection and how to order, visit http://www.astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak240/ak240_bluenote.asp.
October 8 2014
Blue Note Records is the new U.S. home of Jamie Cullum, the best-selling jazz artist in U.K. history. The label will release Interlude, Cullum’s seventh studio album, in the United States on January 27, 2015. The album marks a shift to straight-ahead jazz and a return to interpretation from an artist who has made a habit of bending genres, writing original material and bringing new sounds and new listeners to the music. Jamie talks about the making of Interlude in the album trailer, which gives fans a look behind the scenes and a first listen to many of its songs. The album pre-order launched today on iTunes along with the first single, “Good Morning Heartache,” which features Laura Mvula.
October 7 2014
This Fall saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas will launch a 22-date tour across the United States and Europe with their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. Sound Prints will be previewing their forthcoming Blue Note debut which will be released in early 2015. Listen to a track from the album, which was recorded live at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival.
September 30 2014
Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary celebrations continue in full swing with the release of a new label-spanning 5-CD singles box set as a companion piece to a new hardcover book, both titled Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression. The book and 75-track singles collection are both available now for preorder ahead of their November 4 release.