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March 3 2014

On March 11, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire returns 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 StevensTheo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks. Akinmusire’s quintet features saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown—a close-knit group of longtime friends and frequent collaborators that breathes a remarkable collective identity.

the imagined savior is far easier to paint is now streaming in its entirety as part of the NPR Music First Listen series! Check out Ambrose featured on the April cover of DownBeat Magazine!

February 27 2014

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band will return to Blue Note Records for the release of Landmarks, the stunning fourth album from the remarkable collective which is led by acclaimed drummer and composer Brian Blade. Listen to the lead track “He Died Fighting" which features Blade on drums, Jon Cowherd on piano, Myron Walden on alto saxophone, Melvin Butler on tenor saxophone, Chris Thomas on bass, and Marvin Sewell on guitar. The album will be given an early release on vinyl April 15 ahead of its official April 29 digital and CD release. Pre-order Landmarks now on iTunes and get a download of “He Died Fighting” right away.

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 iTunesAmazon 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.