The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Rationale Like many jazz obsessives, I consider Blue Note's '50s and '60s LP catalog to be the pinnacle of the art form. And I say this referring strictly to the music. [Blue Note should make any "Greatest Jazz Discography" short list because of either Rudy Van Gelder or Reid Miles alone, but that's another topic.] … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BLP 4165.1 (1964) Musicians Jackie McLean (as), Grachan Moncur, III (tbn), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Larry Ridley (b), Roy Haynes (d) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Jackie McLean Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964. My gateway to Jackie McLean was 1963's Let Freedom Ring , after which I … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

Original Pressing: Impulse!, Classic Records; B0002380-01 (2005) Musicians John Coltrane (ts, ss), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d) Spoken introductions and announcements by Alan Grant Cover design: Greenberg Kinglsey/NYC Liner notes: Ashley Kahn, Ravi Coltrane Produced by Ravi Coltrane. Recorded live at the Half Note, New York, NY, March 26 (Sides A & B) … Continue reading Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 238 albums in the Blue Note 4000 series. Part 2 of 3: The Top 5 Instruments in the 4000 Series 1. Tenor sax … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BST 84229 (1966) Musicians John Patton (org), Grant Green (g), Hugh Walker (d), Richard Landrum (conga) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Alan Grant Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 26, 1966. Sometimes I hear a record for the first time and wonder, How have I never heard … Continue reading Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)