50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969

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Salutes to Blue Note recordings by organists Big John Patton (with James Blood Ulmer on guitar) and Lonnie Smith (live in Atlantic City), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (with Harold Land), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland), The Three Sounds, pianist Andrew Hill (from a session never formally released on Blue Note), as well as Wayne Shorter (with a compare & contrast with Miles Davis—radically different versions of the same tune). Be sure to tell you friends about the show, and explore the G&M archive for more of the finest in jazz, old & new. Next time: one of the recordings that 'changed the world'—the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.

Thanks to our top listeners of the week in: Kiev (Ukraine), Belgrade (Serbia), Chicago & Baton Rouge (US), and Mar Del Plata (Argentina).


  • Big John Patton "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" from Accent On the Blues (Blue Note) 00:00
  • Big John Patton "Freedom Jazz Dance" from Accent On the Blues (Blue Note) 06:41
  • Big John Patton "Rakin' And Scrapin'" from Accent On the Blues (Blue Note) 12:19
  • Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land "Orientale" from Medina (Blue Note) 22:22
  • Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land "Avis" from Medina (Blue Note) 28:48
  • Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land "Dave's Chant" from Medina (Blue Note) 35:26
  • Lou Donaldson "Donkey Walk" from Everything I Play Is Funky (Blue Note) 40:52
  • Lou Donaldson "West Indian Daddy" from Everything I Play Is Funky (Blue Note) 47:48
  • The Three Sounds "Popsicle Pimp" from Soul Symphony (Blue Note) 54:14
  • Andrew Hill "Illusion (alternate take)" from Andrew Hill -Mosaic Select (Mosaic) 57:39
  • Andrew Hill "Poinsetta" from Andrew Hill -Mosaic Select (Mosaic) 1:04:05
  • Andrew Hill "Soul Mate" from Andrew Hill -Mosaic Select (Mosaic) 1:11:01
  • Lonnie Smith "Charlie Brown" from Move Your Hand (Blue Note) 1:17:33
  • Lonnie Smith "Layin' In The Cut" from Move Your Hand (Blue Note) 1:26:42
  • Miles Davis "Capricorn" from Water Babies (Columbia) 1:36:33
  • Wayne Shorter "Capricorn" from Super Nova (Blue Note) 1:46:12

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