June 5 2014
Legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note for the June 24 release of "Enjoy The View," recorded by an all-star collective with saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart. Listen to the lead track "Delia" here.
May 20 2014
Blue Note Records is pleased to announce new Blue Note Select collections for Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, each with original recordings sequenced as they were first released on 10-inch or 78 RPM singles (a departure from previous reissues, which have used recording chronology or later 12-inch versions of the albums for their sequences). Each Blue Note Select collection will be presented in special book-style packaging with a new essay, Francis Wolff session photos, original album art and other details. Miles Davis Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums is available beginning today in 2CD and digital packages, Clifford Brown Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings will be released June 10 in 3CD and digital packages, and John Coltrane & Friends Sideman: Trane’s Blue Note Sessions will be released July 15 in 3CD and digital packages. Thelonious Monk ‘Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Recordings will be released this fall in 2CD and digital packages.
May 9 2014
As part of The Kennedy Center’s celebration of Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary, NPR Music will present a live video webcast of its culminating event, Blue Note at 75, The Concert. The evening of performances by Blue Note Records artists will be available to watch at NPR Music Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. EST. Blue Note at 75, The Concert, co-hosted by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and President of Blue Note Records Don Was, brings together artists from the iconic label's present and past roster. The evening includes performances by vocalists Norah Jones and Dianne Reeves, saxophonist Joe Lovano, current Blue Note recording artist and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his Quartet of pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade; organist Dr. Lonnie Smith; NEA Jazz Masters Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist; Lou Donaldson, saxophonist; and McCoy Tyner, pianist; plus other special guests.
May 8 2014
Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire delivered one of the most widely praised and discussed new Jazz albums of 2014 with the March 11 release of the imagined savior is far easier to paint, an impressive and expansive new album that The New York Times declared “brilliant” and JazzTimes magazine called “a gorgeous, moving album” adding that it is “an early candidate for the best of 2014.” Fans can now get the story behind the making of the album with a new video featuring footage from the recording studio and an interview with Ambrose. Watch the video here.
Ambrose has announced additional North American tour dates this summer that begin June 21 in Denver, Colorado and head up the west coast including a stop at PDX Jazz in Portland, Oregon on June 25. A series of performances in Canada that follow will include three shows as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Further European tour dates in July will be announced shortly. See below for a full list of confirmed dates or visit www.ambroseakinmusire.com/concerts.