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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: April 1970

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Time for 50th anniversary Blue Notes from April, 1970 from Duke Pearson (It Could Only Happen With You), Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin'), Chick Corea (The Song Of Singing), and Wayne Shorter (Moto Grosso Feio). We've also got BN-21 from January 6, 1939 with Albert Ammons on the 88s. Along the way, Stanley Turrentine, Erik Jekabson, Miles Davis & Enrico Rava. Enjoy the show. R.I.P. (too many!): Wallace Roney (May 25, 1960--March 31, 2020); Ellis Marsalis (November 14, ...

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Horace Silver in the '60s (1959-1965)

Read "Horace Silver in the '60s (1959-1965)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Despite revisionist history that suggests that the energy of hard bop was spent by the time the sixties came, in the last hour we heard from the great 1960s Freddie Hubbard— Wayne Shorter—Curtis Fuller—Cedar Walton edition of The Jazz Messengers. In this hour of Jazz at 100, we will turn to Horace Silver's terrific 1960s quintets, featuring trumpeters Blue Mitchell, Carmel Jones and Woody Shaw; tenor players Junior Cook and Joe Henderson and guest trombonist—the veteran—JJ Johnson. The two flagship ...

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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We celebrate Blue Note 50th anniversary recordings from Frank Foster (material never formally released until a CD reissue of Manhattan Fever), Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver. Certamente, there's more--including a 75th anniversary salute to sides by clarinetist Edmond Hall with Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, and a 78 rpm recording of Blue Note 5 by Earl Hines, solo at the 88s. Enjoy the show! Playlist Edward Simon “Chega De Saudade" from Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside) 00:00 Frank Foster ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Newport Jazz Festival 1959

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The collector asks: When is it OK to say, “I have enough, thanks. I don't need the live version, too." Consider the dilemma of Wolfgang's Vault, a musical treasure trove of old jazz and rock performances. If you've never been there, go now. The site is stunning. It is an enormous collection of long-lost jazz shows, mostly from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. For the fan and collector, it's a must see. But is it also ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Horace Silver: The United States of Mind – Revisited

Read "Horace Silver: The United States of Mind – Revisited" reviewed by Marc Davis

At what point did Blue Note Records jump the shark? Is there a single moment when Blue Note stopped being the world's greatest purveyor of jazz and instead became an irrelevant producer of schlock? Truth is, it was a long, slow slide. In the 1950s, Blue Note was the greatest source of hard bop. In the 1960s, it produced the best soul-jazz on earth. And then, one day in the 1970s--poof! It was all gone. Where did it ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Horace Silver: Serenade to a Soul Sister - 1968

Read "Horace Silver: Serenade to a Soul Sister - 1968" reviewed by Marc Davis

Is it possible to love an album for just one song? I think I do. Serenade to a Soul Sister is the happy marriage of jazz's funkiest pianist (Horace Silver) with its most soulful saxman (Stanley Turrentine). Throw in a fabulously underrated trumpeter with a big fat tone (Charles Tolliver) and you've got one of the best soul-jazz classics of the 1960s. Serenade features six original compositions by Silver, and every one is a gem. One, ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Blue Note's Golden Decade

Read "Blue Note's Golden Decade" reviewed by John Eyles

Blue Note! For many of us, the words alone are enough to send a tingle down the spine, conjuring up the indefinable magic of a golden age of jazz. What were the elements that made classic Blue Note records so special? The look? The feel? The sound? All of these and more. Alfred Lion's production? Francis Wolff's photography? Reid Miles design? Rudy Van Gelder's engineering? None of these alone is an essential element, but when all four come together you've ...


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