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A magnificent band featuring Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Burrell helped this trumpet legend create one of his most memorable albums with this 1963 recording. Duke Pearson did the arrangements, and an eight-piece gospel choir helped Byrd reach the spiritual heights he was seeking; the stunning "Cristo Redentor" joins "The Black Disciple," "Elijah," "Chant" and more. This stereo Blue Note Classic Vinyl edition is all-analog mastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl! Blue Note.
Donald Byrd - New Perspective (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
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Hank Mobley

Soul Station

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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. On February 7, 1960, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Blakey, laid down what would become his masterpiece: Soul Station. The crystalline six-song set was a showcase for Mobley's lyrical flow from the breezy opening take on Irving Berlin's "Remember" through bluesy originals like "Dig Dis", & the swinging up-tempo number "Split Feelin's." Soul Station endures as a jazz classic for the ages.
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
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Cloak captures the magic, mystique, and mystery of classic heavy metal with their long-awaited debut 'To Venomous Depths'. Drawing from metal's most impactful sub genre's, the quartet distill their collective influences into an enthralling full-album experience that honors the spirit of the early classics while standing firmly in the now. Captivating tracks like "Beyond the Veil", "Deep Red", "Forever Burned" and the title track are riveted with somber harmonies, driving rhythms, and dramatic builds in momentum and suspense. Cloak's bold and blackened metal teems with dark energy, and 'To Venomous Depths' is a testament to the genre's primal power and magic.
Miles Davis - Volume 1 (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)[LP]
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Miles' early Blue Note sessions from 1952-54 yielded two later LPs that Blue Note released as part of the 1500 Series. Volume 2 is split between the blazing bebop and beautiful ballads that first made Miles famous: "Well You Needn't," "Lazy Susan," "The Leap," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Donna," alternate takes of "Ray's Idea" and "Tempus Fugit" and more. This mono Blue Note Classic Vinyl edition is all-analog mastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl! Blue Note.
Miles Davis - Volume 2 (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
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Andrew Hill is one of the most distinctive pianists/composers in jazz. Recorded in 1969, it sat unreleased until 2003 when it was issued on CD thanks to archivist Michael Cuscuna. Hill penned all compositions for an ensemble featuring Woody Shaw, Dizzy Reece, Julian Priester, Joe Farrell, Howard Johnson, Bob Northern, Ron Carter and Lenny White. This is presented for the first time on vinyl. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Andrew Hill - Passing Ships [Blue Note Tone Poet Series 2LP]
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Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl pressing in deluxe gatefold jacket. Mastering is by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl is manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). Hammond B-3 organ soul jazz fans know and love the music of Jimmy Smith, but lesser known is the tragically short life and career of Roosevelt 'Baby Face' Willette who produced some of the deepest grooves ever recorded on the B-3 on just two Blue Note albums recorded in 1961. Willette's debut Face to Face is a showcase for his blues-drenched organ pyrotechnics. Joined by the brilliant guitarist Grant Green, tenor sax master Fred Jackson and the rock-solid drums of Ben Dixon, Face to Face is a tour de force of rough and ready soul jazz brilliance with an iconic Reid Miles cover design to match.
Baby Face Willette - Face To Face [180 Gram]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Blue Mitchell was a member of Horace Silver's quintet before he began recording his own albums as leader for Blue Note through the 1960s. His 1966 album, Bring It Home to Me, is a bluesy and soulful hard bop date featuring the trumpeter with Junior Cook, Harold Mabern, Gene Taylor, and Billy Higgins. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog remastering.
Blue Mitchell - Bring It Home To Me (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's 1966 album Stick-Up! found him in the company of a new band line-up with Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Lewis, and Billy Higgins. The quintet covers a vast expanse of post-bop territory on five Hutcherson originals, plus Ornette Coleman's "Una Muy Bonita." Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Bobby Hutcherson - Stick-Up! (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
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Booker Ervin

Tex Book Tenor (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

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Vinyl LP pressing. Following sideman appearances with pianist Horace Parlan in the early 1960s, Booker Ervin cut two stellar Blue Note records as a leader in 1968 including Tex Book Tenor which had to wait nearly 40 years until 2005 for it's first standalone release. With a sleek post-bop quintet featuring trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Jan Arnet, and drummer Billy Higgins, the Texas-born saxophonist slices through a set of compelling bandmember originals including Barron's sinuous tune "Gichi" and Shaw's lilting waltz "In a Capricornian Way," as well as Ervin's lovely ballad "Lynn's Tune" and the hard-swinging "Den Tex," named for his hometown of Denison.
Booker Ervin - Tex Book Tenor (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series!

180g Vinyl LP!

Mastered By Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes!

Pressed At Optimal!

The fourth volume of The Amazing Bud Powell series, recorded in 1958, found the brilliant bebop piano master in particularly fine form on an ebullient set of his original tunes including "Buster Rides Again," "Monopoly," and "John's Abbey." Powell's inventive solo flights shine in a trio setting with Sam Jones on bass and "Philly" Joe Jones on drums.

This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

FEATURES:

  • Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • All-Analog Pressing
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray from Original Analog Tapes
  • Manufactured at Optimal in Germany

Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell

Bud Powell - Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell Blue Note Classic Series [LP]
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The amazing bebop piano genius Bud Powell made his most enduring recordings as a leader for Blue Note. Powell's 1949 and 1951 sessions were compiled in 1955 on The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1. Featuring the pianist with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Fats Navarro, Roy Haynes and Max Roach on bebop classics including "Un Poco Loco" and "Bouncing with Bud." Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

FEATURES:

  • Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • All-Analog Pressing
  • Mono
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes
  • Manufactured at Optimal in Germany

MUSICIANS:

Fats Navarro Trumpet

Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxaphone

Bud Powell Piano

Curly Russell Bass

Max Roach DRUMS

Amazing Bud Powell, Vol 1 (Blue note Classic Vinyl Series)

Bud Powell - Amazing Bud Powell Vol 1 (Bluenote Classic Vinyl)
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Legendary trumpeter Miles Davis' unmistakable rasp at the end of "One for Daddy-O," makes it clear he wasn't just playing the role of sideman on Somethin' Else, the album by Cannonball Adderley. The depth of their musical camaraderie lifts this session up throughout, from the breathtaking performance of "Autumn Leaves" to the thrilling title track. Hank Jones/Sam Jones/Art Blakey round out the quintet.
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
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Chet Baker & Art Pepper continued their fruitful collaboration with the 1956 Pacific Jazz album, Picture of Health (originally released as Playboys). The sextet for the session was loaded with top talent from the West Coast jazz scene including Phil Urso, Carl Perkins, Curtis Counce and Larance Marable. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mono LP.
Chet Baker, Art Pepper & Phil Urso - Picture Of Heath (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the trumpeter Dizzy Reece moved to London at age 17 and began working across Europe, frequently in Paris, where he played with the likes of Don Byas and Kenny Clarke. Reece also made fans of Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins who spread the word about a hot new trumpeter on the European scene. So when Donald Byrd and Art Taylor came through Paris on tour in 1958 they sought out Reece and even found their way into the recording studio together for what would become Reece's Blue Note debut Blues In Trinity. Encouraged by Alfred Lion, Reece would move to New York City the next year where Lion quickly put him back in the studio with a first-rate hard bop band including Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Taylor once again on drums. The resulting album Star Bright is a hidden gem of the Blue Note catalog with Reece shining brightly on a 6-song set that included several of his own bluesy originals like "The Rake," "Groovesville," "The Rebound," and the Thelonious Monk inspired "A Variation On Monk." Two standards round out the offering with swinging takes on "I'll Close My Eyes" and "I Wished On The Moon," both of which showcase Reece's sublime delivery of a melody.
Dizzy Reece - Star Bright (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series) [LP]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Time and troubles seem to melt away during the 15 enrapturing minutes of Idle Moments, the opening track of Grant Green's sublime 1963 album of the same name. As the piece unhurriedly unfurls all the unique colors of the ensemble present themselves with Green's soulful guitar joined by Duke Pearson's elegant piano, Bobby Hutcherson's crystalline vibraphone, Bob Cranshaw's reassuring upright bass, Al Harewood's subtle drums, and lastly Joe Henderson's magnificent tenor saxophone. The pace quickens for the rest of this set including the Green original "Jean de Fleur," a bluesy take on John Lewis' MJQ standard "Django," and Pearson's original "Nomad."
Grant Green - Idle Moments (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition)
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold packaging. Guitarist Grant Green explored Latin and Brazilian influences on his highly enjoyable 1962 album, The Latin Bit, featuring Johnny Acea on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, Willie Bobo on drums, Carlos "Patato" Valdes on conga, and Garvin Masseaux on chekere. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered sound.
Grant Green - Latin Bit
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Grant Green's 1962 album Born To Be Blue featuring Ike Quebec is often thought of as the sister album to Quebec's classic Blue and Sentimental, which was recorded for Blue Note just three months prior and also showcased the deep chemistry between the soulful guitarist and tenor saxophonist. Quebec's deep, soul-drenched tenor sound matches beautifully with hard bop masters Green and pianist Sonny Clark, along with the tried-and-true rhythm section team of Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
Grant Green - Born To Be Blue [180 Gram]
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Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley had been recording for Blue Note for a decade when he made his excellent 1965 album A Caddy for Daddy featuring a first-class sextet with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley had been recording for Blue Note for a decade when he made his excellent 1965 album A Caddy for Daddy featuring a first-class sextet with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums.
Hank Mobley - Caddy For Daddy (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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1965's Maiden Voyage remains one of the pinnacle artistic achievements of the great pianist's career. Hancock is joined by Miles Davis Quintet bandmates Ron Carter on bass & Tony Williams on drums, along with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet & George Coleman on tenor saxophone. The quintet embarks on an oceanic exploration of 5 original Hancock compositions, several of which have since become enduring standards of the jazz lexicon including the title track, "Eye of the Hurricane," & "Dolphin Dance."
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage: Blue Note Classic Series [LP]
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Vinyl LP pressing. Released in 1969, Herbie Hancock's album, The Prisoner, is a powerful but overlooked masterpiece. A moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, this nonet session features some of the most exceptional instrumentalists in jazz including Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and more. Hancock said of The Prisoner: "I've been able to get closer to the real me with this album than on any other previous one." Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Herbie Hancock - Prisoner [180 Gram]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. On his first Blue Note date since relinquishing the Jazz Messengers moniker to Art Blakey, Horace Silver struck gold with the 1956 album, 6 Pieces of Silver, a sterling set of hard bop that introduced his indelible composition "Seor Blues." The pianist was joined by an ace quintet featuring Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins, and Louis Hayes. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.
Horace Silver - 6 Pieces Of Silver [Blue Note Classic Series Limited Edition LP]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Further Explorations documents hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver's quintet: Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, Teddy Kotick, Louis Hayes. The 1958 session is particularly inspired, with Silver penning all but one of the compositions. "The Outlaw", one of his most lively creations, has brilliant solos from Silver, Jordan and Farmer. Ballad, "Moon Rays", gives the band plenty of room to stretch out. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Horace Siver - Further Explorations [180 Gram]
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Recorded in 1962 (but not released until 1979), Jackie McLean's album, Tippin' the Scales, found the Blue Note stalwart leading a quartet with Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Art Taylor through a stellar set of hard bop including originals by McLean, Clark, and Vernon Duke's "Cabin in the Sky." Produced by Joe Harley and mastered by Kevin Gray. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Jackie Mclean - Tippin' The Scales [Blue Note Tone Poet Series LP]
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Jackie Mclean

Action (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

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Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's 1960s output ran the gamut from hard bop to the avant-garde with his 1964 post-bop dates It's Time! And Action splitting the difference. Trumpeter Charles Tolliver had appeared alongside McLean in the horn frontline on It's Time! And returned once again for Action the next month, with McLean opting for Bobby Hutcherson's vibraphone in place of piano, as well as Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The albums leaps out of the gate with McLean's searing title track followed by two pensive Tolliver originals: "Plight" and "Wrong Handle." On a highly original version of the standard "I Hear a Rhapsody" the melody is answered by discordant interjections from the horns before the album comes to a close with McLean's grooving minor key piece "Hootnan."
Jackie Mclean - Action (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. This impassioned 1964 quintet session weaves post-bop and free jazz into spirited original compositions by Jackie McLean and young trumpet sensation Charles Tolliver. They were joined by Herbie Hancock (piano), Cecil McBee (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums). While the style was considered new at the time, the searing cry of the blues is ever-present in McLean's brilliant alto saxophone playing.
Jackie Mclean - It's Time (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Jimmy Smith was a self-taught pianist who helped popularize the Hammond B3 organ with a revolutionary style that caught the ear of Alfred Lion at Blue Note who later dubbed him The Incredible Jimmy Smith. Back At The Chicken Shack was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in 1960 with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums.
Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
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Drawn from 3 sessions in 1958-59, Home Cookin' stands as one of the most deeply felt, soulful albums from the Hammond B3 organ virtuoso, Jimmy Smith. Featuring tenor saxophonist Percy France, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and drummer Donald Bailey, the quartet covers tunes by Ma Rainey, Ray Charles, and Jimmy McGriff, plus originals by Smith and Burrell. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.
Jimmy Smith - Home Cookin' Blue Note Classic Series [LP]
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Joe Henderson had fully hit his stride by the time he made Inner Urge, his fourth album for Blue Note, recorded in November 1964. After a series of quintet dates, this was the tenor saxophonist's first quartet album, and it featured an extraordinary line-up with McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal.
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge: Blue Note Classic Series [LP]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums captured live in 1985 playing at the peak of their respective powers at NYC's historic jazz shrine, The Village Vanguard. Alfred Lion, founder of Blue Note Records and it's sole producer until 1967, said upon hearing these sessions: "I think this is truly a classic album. What Joe plays is unbelievable. This is one of the most important albums that I have ever heard. It is definitely one of the best ever made on Blue Note. And I don't mean the new Blue Note. It's one of the best ever, including all of the records we did in the 50s and 60s."
Joe Henderson - State Of The Tenor Vol. 1. (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
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John Coltrane's first great masterpiece, Blue Train, is the legendary saxophonist's sole album as a leader for Blue Note Records and is now available in its original mono form. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Also Available:Stereo 2LPand2CD

John Coltrane - Blue Train (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [Mono LP]
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On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train. It would be the legendary saxophonist's sole album as a leader for Blue Note, a locomotive five-track album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic six-piece band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. To mark the 65th anniversary of the album's recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions as part of Blue Note's acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: a 1-LP mono pressing of the original album and a 2-LP stereo pressing of Blue Train: The Complete Masters which includes a second disc of alternate and incomplete takes, four of which have never been released before, and none of which have been available previously on vinyl. The 2-LP set comes with a bound booklet featuring session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn.

Both Tone Poet Vinyl Editions were produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in deluxe gatefold tip-on jackets.

FEATURES:

  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • Stereo
  • Second LP of Alternate & Incomplete Takes - First Time on Vinyl
  • Four Previously Unreleased Tracks
  • Bound Booklet - Session Photos by Francis Wolff & Essay by Coltrane Expert Ashley Kahn
  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Mastered from Original Analog Master Tapes
  • Produced by Joe Harley
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Deluxe Gatefold Tip-On Jacket

DEETS:

  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series.
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
  • Mastered Directly from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
  • Pressed At RTI.

MUSICIANS:

Paul Chambers

Philly Joe Jones

Kenny Drew

John Coltrane

Curtis Fuller

Lee Morgan

Also Available:Mono LPand2CD

John Coltrane - Blue Train: The Complete Masters (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [Stereo 2LP]
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Guitarist Kenny Burrell debuted on Blue Note Records in 1956 and over the following 7 years made a series of excellent albums for the label that culminated with his masterwork Midnight Blue. Recorded in 1963, the album waded deep into the blues, conjuring an alluring late-night vibe with a profoundly soulful cast including tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, Jr., drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on congas. Burrell originals including "Chitlins con Carne," "Midnight Blue," "Saturday Night Blues," and the stunning solo guitar piece "Soul Lament" set the tone for this timeless classic adorned by one of the all-time great Reid Miles cover designs.
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition)
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Vinyl LP pressing. Introducing Kenny Burrell put the jazz world on notice in 1956 that an extraordinary new guitarist was on the scene who combined bebop and the blues with smoky aplomb. Burrell is accompanied on this stellar set of original and standard compositions by Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, bebop icon Kenny Clarke on drums along with the percussion sensation from Cuba, Candido. This legendary session launched the career of one of the giants of modern jazz guitar.
Kenny Burrell - Introducing Kenny Burrell
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. This sleek, beautifully paced Lee Morgan album was recorded in 1966 but mysteriously shelved until 1984. Alongside the trumpeter, the quintet features a superb lineup - Hank Mobley (tenor sax)/Cedar Walton (piano)/Paul Chambers (bass)/Billy Higgins (drums) - all playing at the top of their game. Highlights include the Duke Pearson gem "Is That So" and the enticing title track penned by Morgan. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Lee Morgan - The Rajah (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
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One of the funkiest and most creative organists of all time, Dr. Lonnie Smith was first brought into the Blue Note fold by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson who featured the B3 virtuoso on late-1960s soul jazz classics including Alligator Bogaloo, Mr. Shing-a-Ling, and Midnight Creeper. Smith went on to sign with Blue Note and lead his own dates beginning with his excellent 1968 label debut Think! In January 1969 Smith returned to Van Gelder Studio to record the follow-up Turning Point with a dynamic 6-piece band that packed a punch with a 3-horn frontline featuring Lee Morgan on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, and Bennie Maupin on tenor saxophone. The rhythm section featured guitarist Melvin Sparks and was anchored by the propulsive drumming of Leo Morris (aka Idris Muhammad). The 5-song set produced by Francis Wolff opens with a hard-grooving take on Don Covay's "See Saw," which was a hit for Aretha Franklin the year before. Other choice covers include a laid-back version of "People Sure Act Funny" by Titus Turner and Bobby Robinson and an inventive reworking of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" that injects the Lennon-McCartney gem with a healthy dose of soul. Two Smith originals round out the album including the smoldering "Slow High" and the expansive album-closing title piece which kicks into high gear after a rubato introduction by Smith. (his Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl at Optimal.)
Lonnie Smith - Turning Point (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Lou Donaldson had already helmed 7 Blue Note sessions by the time he made his undisputed masterpiece Blues Walk in 1958. Joining the saxophonist were Herman Foster on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas for a 6-song set that yielded one of his most memorable themes with the cool struttin' title track. This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series) [Limited Edition LP]
$32.98

        
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