November 11 2014
November 4 sees the release of Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, a label-spanning 5-CD box set that is a companion piece to a new hardcover book of the same title authored by Richard Havers. The set opens with the label’s very first artist, pianist Meade “Lux” Lewis, and closes 75 years later with the progressive sounds of bassist Derrick Hodge. A sweeping overview of one of the world’s most diverse and celebrated Jazz catalogs, the collection also features Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Norah Jones, Thelonious Monk, Cassandra Wilson, and many more. Curated by Havers, each of the discs covers a specific era of the label’s evolution from boogie to bop, soul jazz to 21st Century trailblazers including Robert Glasper and Gregory Porter.
October 24 2014
Slacker Radio presents Blue Note 75, a new dedicated Blue Note Records station featuring 75 classic tracks from our vast catalog in honor of our 75th anniversary. Blue Note 75 is hosted by our president, the Grammy Award winning producer Don Was, who takes the listener on a musical tour through Blue Note history from Thelonious Monk to Jason Moran.
October 21 2014
Nostalgia, the seventh solo album from Annie Lennox, is out today and the legendary singer-songwriter is celebrating its release with a series of television appearances. She will visit “Good Morning America” tomorrow, October 22, “Live With Kelly And Michael” on October 23 and “The View” on October 24. Her two-part interview on “Tavis Smiley” will air on October 23 and 24 and Annie will appear on the “Meredith Vieira Show” on October 28. Find the album via nostalgia.annielennox.com.
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.