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January 28 2014

Ascendant trumpeter & composer Takuya Kuroda makes his Blue Note debut with the February 18 release of Rising Son, produced by José James. The album finds Kuroda stepping forth to helm James’ remarkable band (keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Smith, trombonist Corey King) plus vocal contributions from James (“Everybody Loves The Sunshine”) & a guest appearance from imaginative guitarist Lionel Loueke (“Afro Blues”). Listen to the track premiere of "Afro Blues" on The Revivalist!

January 28 2014

Cuban-born American pianist and composer Fabian Almazan is set to release his new album Rhizome through Blue Note/ArtistShare on March 18. Almazan will celebrate the release with an engagement at Jazz Standard in New York City March 27-30, as well as a May 7 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of their Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary celebrations. Rhizome features Almazan’s trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole with the addition of vocals from Chilean singer/guitarist Camila Meza, and a string quartet comprised of violinists Sara Caswell and Tomoko Omura, violist Karen Waltuch, and cellist Noah Hoffeld. The recording project is being funded directly by Almazan’s fan base through ArtistShare, the internet’s first fan-funding platform who pioneered the crowdfunding movement. Fans who participated in Almazan’s project were given access to his entire creative process behind the making of the recording.

January 23 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 BladeLandmarks – which is being released in cooperation with the Shreveport, Louisiana based label Mid-City Records – will be given an exclusive early release on vinyl for Record Store Day ahead of its official release on April 29.

January 13 2014

Rosanne Cash will support her new album, The River & The Thread – due out tomorrow on Blue Note Records – with a series of high profile media appearances and performances, including “Late Show with David Letterman” (Thursday, January 16), “CBS Sunday Morning” (January 19) and “The Katie Couric Show” (Friday, January 24) plus a North American tour.