January 8 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith is set to sit-in with The Roots on NBC The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 12 to celebrate the release of Evolution, his first album for Blue Note Records since 1970. The album, which comes out January 29, marks the return of the legendary Hammond B-3 organ master to the iconic jazz label where he first made a name for himself in the late 1960s, first as a sideman with saxophonist Lou Donaldson on albums including Alligator Bogaloo, and soon after as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics such as Think! and Turning Point. Evolution is available for pre-order now on CD or digital download. Fans who pre-order the download will immediately receive the single “Straight No Chaser,” which is also available today as a single on streaming services.
December 18 2015
On January 15, 2016, Blue Note will release I Long To See You, the profound new album from Charles Lloyd & The Marvels. The album finds the iconic saxophonist and recent NEA Jazz Master in the company of a new band featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, along with his longtime quartet members bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The album also includes two remarkable guest vocal appearances by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones. The album’s lead single “Of Course, Of Course,” a fresh reworking of the title track of his 1965 Columbia album, was released today and is available from digital retailers and on streaming services. Fans who pre-order a download of the album will receive the track right away. I Long To See You will also be released on CD and vinyl.
December 7 2015
Congratulations to our Blue Note nominees for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Robert Glasper Trio, Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective, Marcus Miller & Gil Evans Project!
December 4 2015
It’s been an astonishing couple of years for GoGo Penguin, the UK trio of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth. Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen their 2014 album v2.0 shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and fuelled their exhilarating live shows from their hometown of Manchester to Montreal and Paris to London. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin, GoGo Penguin has created a brave new sound that is wholly their own. In the midst of all this GoGo Penguin has signed with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records and are set to release their label debut Man Made Object on February 5, 2016. Watch the video for the album’s lead single "All Res." Pre-order a download of the album and get “All Res” along with 3 remixes right away, or stream the EP. Click HERE for options.