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Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 at the Kennedy Center

Read "Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 at the Kennedy Center" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Blue Note 7 Kennedy CenterApril 5, 2009Washington, D.C. Featuring a super group compiled from its illustrious roster, last Sunday night's concert at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Blue Note recording label with a series of musical snapshots of some of its most renowned composers, performers, and individual compositions. Arranged somewhat like a historical documentary, or perhaps a eulogy, the evening proceeded in ...

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The Blue Note 7: Mosaic

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Celebrating the 70th/25th anniversaries of Blue Note Records (70 years since its founding and 25 years since its re-launch), The Blue Note 7 makes its debut with a resounding impact. Pianist Bill Charlap, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash perform eight songs from the classic Blue Note '50 bop repertoire, endowing each with a fresh approach and new arrangements by each band member, two done ...

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Blue Note 7: Mosaic: a Celebration of Blue Note Records

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Blue Note's 70th anniversary deserves more than a cake, a toast, and a chorus of “For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." To that end, The Blue Note 7's Mosaic: a Celebration of Blue Note Records is a collection of music from some of the imprint's greatest masters, as interpreted by a group of Blue Note's current leading lights. The $64,000 Question is: Why is Mosaic merely good, when it should be great?

A front line of Nicholas Payton, Ravi Coltrane ...

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The Blue Note 7: Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records

Read "Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records" reviewed by Chris May

2009 is the 70th anniversary of the birth of Blue Note, the label founded in New York by German emigre Alfred Lion.  During its mid-1950s to mid-1960s heyday, it was practically synonymous with hard bop, nurturing a great many of its leading artists and recording dozens upon dozens of classic albums.  2009 is also the 25th anniversary of the relaunch of Blue Note under the leadership of Bruce Lundvall.To mark the occasion, Blue Note assembled the seven-piece band which ...


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