Terence Blanchard has been blazing a trail across contemporary jazz for some years now, 30 years since he first recorded with Donald Harrison on Concord. The arrangements on this album, while written for small ensemble, take on a more orchestral tone in their design. Their LP on K7! Needless to say that all three of us are Blue Note listeners and big fans. So these are the tunes that take me back to years ago, which is a feeling that happens regularly since so many of the classic Blue Note tunes are kept well alive and literally around.
It would be difficult to list down here the most important Blue Note tracks for me as the catalogue is endless and full of great stuff. For us this is a precious history which dates back to earlier than the three of us were born, and it makes me happy to see that Blue Note is still delivering great music to us and has never been interrupted since. The Blue Note Revisited compilation is one of my favorite remix records ever, coming up with amazingly fresh yet carefully crafted versions of Blue Note classics by a new generation of artists like J Dilla, Kenny Dope, Spinna, Osunlade or Madlib.
As a DJ, he draws on his vast collection to play everything from jazz to dub step and as his contribution testifies, his knowledge is equally impressive. I was quite used to finding the original funk samples from hip hop but this was the point where the jazz and soul stuff was beginning to be sampled a lot more in hip hop A Tribe Called Quest to Pete Rock.
The club was very busy so I began to have enough money to buy original pressings DJ nerds love originals and this was my first Blue Note original LP. This was a starting point for me to get into Blue Note Records as a whole. Blue Note has had a big influence on what we do at Tru Thoughts. The fact Blue Note had their logo on the cover helped me discover so much good music and the logo we got designed was made to work on a variety of album designs.
They also released a lot of music which I like and also the artist cross collaborated, so if you liked one album you may end up checking music by other artists featuring the same players. Crew mentality is always good in music! Eric Dolphy — Out To Lunch 3. Wayne Shorter — Speak No Evil 2. John Coltrane — Blue Train 1.
Peter Bright November 30, at pm. Andrew November 30, at pm. Shit November 30, at pm. Jack November 30, at pm. That was recorded by Sonny on Prestige Records. Sam December 1, at am. Opoku-Agyemang February 21, at pm. Alex November 30, at pm. Greg December 1, at am. Scrote November 30, at pm. Luc November 30, at pm. Michael Zion October 9, at pm.
Khangol November 30, at pm. Sam December 1, at pm. Mischa November 30, at pm. Dan G November 30, at pm. November 30, at pm. I have many of them. Rudy Van Gelder studios.
Dan c November 30, at pm. Strong agree on 1! Somethin else my choice for 2nd best jazz record of all time. After KOB. Charles T November 30, at pm. Michel December 1, at am. Marcus mattia December 1, at pm.
Tom December 1, at pm. Troy carlton December 21, at am. Marty January 25, at pm. James Ferguson January 29, at pm. I must have over half of these releases. When Granz gave him the job of looking after all the art needs of Clef Records in Besides working freelance, Martin also found time to teach and when the sheer volume of his cover art alone is considered, his prodigious output is apparent.
It has been estimated that there are around Clef, Norgran and Verve albums bearing his signature. An avid jazz fan, Bacon worked in a small local advertising agency and had got to know Lion through the Newark Hot Club.
When the new twelve-inch format came along it was Reid Miles, a twenty-eight-year-old designer who had worked for Esquire magazine that came to prominence. His debut for Blue Note, as co-designer with John Hermansader, was a cover for a ten-inch album by the Hank Mobley Quartet in late , but the first album to carry the sole name Reid K.
Miles was far from modern — a Sidney Bechet release a few months later. Perhaps most ironic of all, given that Blue Note album sleeves have become the benchmark against which all modern jazz covers — and those of just about any other album — are measured, Miles was not a jazz fan, but a classical-music lover. Yet perhaps it was his distance from the music that was also his strength, allowing him to approach the design unencumbered by all but the basic details — the album title, the feel of the music, and something about the session.
While he did almost every Blue Note cover for the next decade, when swamped with work farmed out jobs to friends, including a young Andy Warhol, then a struggling artist desperate for commissions.
Warhol produced three Kenny Burrell album sleeves along with one for Johnny Griffin. Other companies, including Columbia, Capitol, RCA Victor, Atlantic, United Artists and some smaller independent labels all had some amazing designs that are all represented in the list that follows.
Into the modern era and the glory days may have passed but there are still some classics as you will see from, our Greatest Jazz album Covers. Road Song — Wes Montgomery. Undercurrent — Bill Evans and Jim Hall.
Tutu — Miles Davis. Hot Five — Louis Armstrong. Midnight Blue — Kenny Burrell. Blue Train — John Coltrane.
Miles Davis and Horns — Miles Davis. High Priestess of Soul — Nina Simone. Black Radio — Robert Glasper. The Persuasive Percussion series of records were very successful, the first "Persuasive Percussion" album received little airplay on AM stations but Joel Whitburn lists this album as one of the 25 best selling albums of the modern era.
Command was one of the first companies to adopt 35MM film for master recording instead of magnetic tape for the better fidelity it afforded. Accordion player Charles Magnante and guitar player Tony Mottola also released many albums on the label. Despite the meticulous recording techniques, almost everything released on the label could be described as MOR or lounge music, with only a few singles chart breakthroughs.
Today this type of music has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and is sometimes called "Bachelor Pad Music". Enoch Light left the Command label in to form the Project 3 Label.