February 26 2014
The 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, the most-respected and longest-running Jazz label in the world, is being commemorated throughout 2014 and beyond with a broad range of special releases and events. Blue Note is pleased to announce a new vinyl reissue series of 100 essential remastered Jazz albums spanning both the classic and modern eras of the label. The series will launch on March 25 with five iconic LPs: Art Blakey Free For All, John Coltrane Blue Train, Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch, Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil, and Larry Young Unity. On the same date, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will launch Blue Note Records: The Finest In Jazz, a one-of-a-kind exhibit offering visitors an in-depth look at the legendary record label. On the evening of March 25, the museum will host a special public event, “An Evening With Blue Note Records,” featuring a Q&A with Blue Note Records President Don Was.
February 25 2014
Robert Glasper Experiment has released Porter Chops Glasper, a digital EP that is available today through all digital music retailers and streaming services including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. The 3-track EP—which was originally released as an exclusive 10” for Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday—features remixes of Glasper’s work by Mr Porter (aka Denaun Porter), an avid Glasper fan who is best known as Eminem’s right-hand hype man and founding member of the Detroit rap collective D12. RGX has also announced extensive international tour dates that begin this week in Australia and will bring the band through Asia and Europe before returning to the U.S. for a tour with vocalist Ledisi (who was featured on RGX’s first Black Radio album) that kicks off April 16 in Jacksonville, Florida and travels 27 cities including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
February 4 2014
Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear, published by ArtistShare, is the authorized biography of the record business legend whose astounding career spans more than 50 years. Author Dan Ouellette has painted the portrait of one of the recording industry’s most notable figures, who has been responsible for signing an array of top-flight artists from his years at Columbia/CBS, Elektra/Elektra Musician and Blue Note, where he still serves as chairman emeritus.
January 30 2014
On March 11, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will return with the release of the imagined savior is far easier to paint, an impressive and expansive new album that broadens the palette of his quintet with the addition of guitarist Charles Altura, the OSSO String Quartet, and vocalists Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks. NPR Music recently featured the imagined savior is far easier to paint in their “Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014” including a track premiere of “Our Basement (ed)” featuring Becca Stevens on vocals. Ambrose has also announced extensive tour dates throughout the U.S. and Europe behind the album’s release, including a 4-night engagement at The Jazz Standard in New York City from March 13-16.