Blue Note

~ Label

Annotation

One of the most important jazz label of the 50s/60s. Actual production also stretches toward various electro/remix stuff.

Activity: 1939-1965 (independent) 1965-1979 (as a subsidiary), then revived 1985-today (as a subsidiary)
Production type: original (plus a few recent reissues of subsidiary labels)
Founded by: Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff
Has/had subsidiaries: Capitol Jazz, Pacific Jazz and Roulette Jazz (as Blue Note is now the flagship EMI Group's jazz label)
Current Status:

  • Sold to: Liberty Records (1965), which was bought by United Artists (1969), which was bought by EMI Group (1979)
  • Top parent company: EMI Group
  • Distributed by: Capitol/EMI

Catalog reissued by: Some things appear on Mosaic Records
Additional:
The following detailed explanations are copied from Plosin:
"The Blue Note Modern Jazz Series began in late 1951 with the following 10" monaural LPs. Some of these LPs were later reissued as part of the Blue Note 1500 Series of 12" LPs. At first, recordings were made in various studios in New York (Reeves Sound Studio, WOR Studios, Apex Studios, Audio Video Studios). Beginning in October 1953, however, most Blue Note sessions took place in Rudy van Gelder's home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Van Gelder moved the studio to Englewood Cliffs in early July 1959.) The sessions were produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Van Gelder, and many LP covers featured photographs by Lion's childhood friend Francis Wolff.
Blue Note made the change to 12" LPs late in 1955. The Modern Jazz Series continued with the following 12" LPs. Most of these were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and artificial stereo versions (BST 81000 series). Beginning in 1956 with BLP 1509, Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note LP covers. Together with Alfred Lion's production, Rudy van Gelder's engineering, and Frank Wolff's photography, Miles' designs defined the Blue Note look and sound. The Blue Note 4000 series began in the mid-1950s with many of the same artists. The 1500 series has been systematically reissued by Toshiba in Japan ("Blue Note Works 1500" series, 20-bit K2 CDs); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-1501, etc. In addition, originally unissued material from these late 50s dates was made available on Toshiba's 1600 series (20-bit K2 CDs).

Toshiba/Blue Note 1600 series
These CDs make available originally unissued material from the sessions which gave us the 1500 series of Blue Note LPs. They are manufactured by Toshiba and employ 20-bit, 88.2 KHz recording technology."

Catalog attempt at the remainder of http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Jazz/Labels/BlueNote

The label was founded as Blue Note Records and is still called Blue Note Records.

Annotation last modified on 2015-07-20 16:09 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Ruby, My Dear / Evidence Thelonious Monk Vinyl 2 549
'round About Midnight / Well You Needn't Thelonious Monk Quintet Vinyl 2 543
In Walked Bud / Epistrophy Thelonious Monk Quintet Vinyl 2 548
I Mean You / Symphonette Thelonious Monk Quartet / Tadd Dameron Sextet Vinyl 2 1564
Dance of the Infidels / 52nd Street Theme Bud Powell's Modernists Vinyl 2 1568
Humph / Mysterioso Thelonious Monk Sextet Vinyl 2 560
Un Poco Loco / It Could Happen to You Bud Powell Trio Vinyl 2 1577
Ask Me Now / Willow Weep for Me Thelonious Monk Vinyl 2 1591
Mellow the Mood Various Artists 10" Vinyl 7 BLP 5001
The Amazing Bud Powell Bud Powell 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5003
Genius of Modern Music Thelonious Monk 10" Vinyl 8 LP 5002
Dixieland Clambake Art Hodes's Hot Seven with Max Kaminsky and Bujie Centobie 10" Vinyl 8 LP 7015
James Moody With Strings James Moody 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5005
James Moody and His Modernists James Moody and His Modernists With Chano Pozo 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5006
Overture to Dawn, Volume 1 Erroll Garner 10" Vinyl 3 BLP 5007
Overture to Dawn, Volume 2 Erroll Garner 10" Vinyl 4 BLP 5008
Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2 Thelonious Monk 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5009
New Sounds Max Roach/James Moody/Art Blakey 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5010
Wizard of the Vibes Milt Jackson 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5011
Young Man with a Horn Miles Davis 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5013
Young Man With a Horn Miles Davis 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5013
New Faces - New Sounds Lou Donaldson 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5021
Jazz Festival Concert, Paris 1952, Volume 2 Sidney Bechet Vinyl 6 BLP 7025
Skippy / Let's Cool One Thelonious Monk Vinyl 2 BN 1602
Miles Davis, Volume 1 Miles Davis 12" Vinyl 12 BLP-1501 [none]
Horn of Plenty Dizzy Gillespie 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 5017, LP 5017
New Faces - New Sounds Lou Donaldson, Clifford Brown 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5030
Miles Davis, Volume 3 Miles Davis 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 5040
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 Bud Powell 10" Vinyl 8 BLP 5041
Horace Silver Quintet (Volume 1) The Horace Silver Quintet 10" Vinyl 4 BLP-5058 [none]
A Night at Birdland, Volume 1 Art Blakey Vinyl 6
A Night at Birdland, Volume 2 The Art Blakey Quintet Vinyl 5
Here Comes Frank Foster / George Wallington: Showcase Frank Foster Vinyl 17
Tal Farlow Quartet Tal Farlow 10" Vinyl 6
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume One Bud Powell 12" Vinyl 12 BLP 1503
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 J. J. Johnson 12" Vinyl 10 BLP 1505
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 J. J. Johnson 12" Vinyl 10 BLP 1506
Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1518
Afro-Cuban Kenny Dorham 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1535
Hank Mobley Quartet Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 5066
Whims of Chambers Paul Chambers Sextet with Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver & Philly Joe Jones 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1534
The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1507 [none]
The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1508 [none]
Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2 Thelonious Monk 12" Vinyl 12 BLP 1511
A New Sound, a New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 1 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 9 BLP 1512
Detroit-New York Junction Thad Jones 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1513
A New Sound, a New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 2 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1514
Herbie Nichols Trio Herbie Nichols Trio 12" Vinyl 10 BLP 1519
Introducing Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1523 [none]
'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia Kenny Dorham 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1524
The Incredible Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 3 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1525
Memorial Album Clifford Brown 12" Vinyl 10 BLP 1526 [none]
At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 1 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1528
At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 2 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1529
With Zoot Sims Jutta Hipp Vinyl 6 BLP 1530
Introducing Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1533
Introducing Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin Vinyl 9 BLP 1533
Hank Mobley Sextet Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1540
The Magnificent, Volume 3 Thad Jones 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1546
Miles Davis, Volume 2 Miles Davis 10" Vinyl 6 BLP 5022
Indeed! Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 6 BN 1538 [none]
Kenny Burrell Volume 2 Kenny Burrell (unknown) 7
The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol.2 Fats Navarro 12" Vinyl 11
Paul Chambers Quintet Paul Chambers with Donald Byrd, Clifford Jordan, Tommy Flanagan & Elvin Jones 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1564
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 2 Jimmy Smith Vinyl 3 1548
Volume 3 Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 1557
Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 Sonny Rollins Vinyl 6 1558
Quartet/Quintet/Sextet Lou Donaldson 12" Vinyl 10 BLP 1537
6 Pieces of Silver The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 7 BLP 1539
With Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1540
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1542
Hank Mobley and His All Stars Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1544
Wailing With Lou Lou Donaldson Quintet with Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Herman Foster, John "Peck" Morrison & Art Taylor Vinyl 6 BLP 1545
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 1 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 3 BLP 1547
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 2 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 3 BLP 1548
Hank Mobley With Farmer, Silver, Watkins, Blakey Hank Mobley With Farmer, Silver, Watkins, Blakey 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1550
Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 1 Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1551
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume One Art Blakey 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1554
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume Two Art Blakey 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1555
The Sounds of Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1556
Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 Sonny Rollins 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1558
A Blowin' Session Johnny Griffin 12" Vinyl 4 BLP 1559
Hank Hank Mobley 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1560
The Stylings of Silver The Horace Silver Quintet 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1562
Jimmy Smith at the Organ: Plays Pretty Just for You Jimmy Smith 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1563
Swing and Soul Lou Donaldson Quintet with Lou Donaldson, Herman Foster, John "Peck" Morrison, Dave Bailey & Ray Barretto Vinyl 7 BLP 1566
The Opener Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1567
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley Vinyl 5 BLP 1568 [none]
Bass on Top Paul Chambers Vinyl 6 BLP 1569
Dial "S" for Sonny Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1570
Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 3 Bud Powell 12" Vinyl 8 BLP 1571
Bone & Bari Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1572
City Lights Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1575
Sonny's Crib Sonny Clark 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1576
Blue Train John Coltrane 12" Vinyl 5 BLP 1577
Sonny Clark Trio Sonny Clark Trio 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1579
Cliff Craft Clifford Jordan 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1582
Volume 3 Curtis Fuller 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1583
Candy Lee Morgan 12" Vinyl 6 BLP 1590 [none]
Lou Takes Off Lou Donaldson Vinyl 4 BLP 1591