Blue Note

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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
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

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

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


Ike Quebec Tenor SaxIke Quebec3×10" Shellac2 + 2 + 2BN 102
Ruby, My Dear / EvidenceThelonious Monk10" Shellac2549[none]
'round About Midnight / Well You Needn'tThelonious Monk QuintetVinyl2543
Evonce / Off MinorThelonious Monk Sextet10" Shellac2547
In Walked Bud / EpistrophyThelonious Monk QuintetVinyl2548
I Mean You / SymphonetteThelonious Monk Quartet / Tadd Dameron SextetVinyl21564
Dance of the Infidels / 52nd Street ThemeBud Powell's ModernistsVinyl21568
Humph / MysteriosoThelonious Monk SextetVinyl2560
Un Poco Loco / It Could Happen to YouBud Powell TrioVinyl21577
Ask Me Now / Willow Weep for MeThelonious MonkVinyl21591
Mellow the MoodVarious Artists10" Vinyl7BLP 5001
The Amazing Bud PowellBud Powell10" Vinyl8BLP 5003
Fats Navarro Memorial AlbumFats Navarro10" Vinyl7BLP 5004[none]
Genius of Modern MusicThelonious Monk10" Vinyl8LP 5002[none]
Dixieland ClambakeArt Hodes's Hot Seven with Max Kaminsky and Bujie Centobie10" Vinyl8LP 7015
Boogie Woogie ClassicsVarious Artists12" Vinyl12
Chance It / YesterdaysThe Miles Davis Sextet / Miles Davis10" Shellac21596
James Moody With StringsJames Moody10" Vinyl8BLP 5005
James Moody and His ModernistsJames Moody and His Modernists With Chano Pozo10" Vinyl8BLP 5006
Overture to Dawn, Volume 1Erroll Garner10" Vinyl3BLP 5007
Overture to Dawn, Volume 2Erroll Garner10" Vinyl4BLP 5008[none]
Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2Thelonious Monk10" Vinyl8BLP 5009
New SoundsMax Roach/James Moody/Art Blakey10" Vinyl6BLP 5010
Wizard of the VibesMilt Jackson10" Vinyl8BLP 5011
Young Man with a HornMiles Davis10" Vinyl6BLP 5013
Young Man With a HornMiles Davis10" Vinyl6BLP 5013
New Faces - New SoundsLou Donaldson10" Vinyl8BLP 5021
Jazz Festival Concert, Paris 1952, Volume 2Sidney BechetVinyl6BLP 7025
Skippy / Let's Cool OneThelonious MonkVinyl2BN 1602
Horn of PlentyDizzy Gillespie12" Vinyl8BLP 5017, LP 5017
Miles Davis, Vol. 2Miles Davis10" Vinyl6BLP 5022[none]
New Faces – New Sounds, Introducing the Kenny Drew TrioKenny Drew Trio10" Vinyl8BLP 5023
New Faces – New SoundsWynton Kelly10" Vinyl8BLP 5025
New Faces - New SoundsLou Donaldson, Clifford Brown10" Vinyl6BLP 5030
New Star on the HorizonClifford Brown10" Vinyl6BLP 5032[none]
Sal Salvador QuintetSal Salvador Quintet10" Vinyl6BLP 5035
Miles Davis, Volume 3Miles Davis12" Vinyl6BLP 5040
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2Bud Powell10" Vinyl8BLP 5041
Clifford Brown QuartetClifford Brown QuartetVinyl6BLP 5047
Gigi Gryce Clifford Brown SextetGigi Gryce Clifford Brown Sextet10" Vinyl4BLP 5048
Lou Donaldson Sextet, Volume 2Lou Donaldson Sextet10" Vinyl4BLP 5055
Horace Silver Quintet (Volume 3)The Horace Silver Quintet10" Vinyl4BLP-5058[none]
A Night at Birdland, Volume 2The Art Blakey QuintetVinyl5
Here Comes Frank Foster / George Wallington: ShowcaseFrank FosterVinyl17
Tal Farlow QuartetTal Farlow10" Vinyl6
Miles Davis, Volume 1Miles Davis12" Vinyl12BLP 1501[none]
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume OneBud Powell12" Vinyl12BLP 1503
The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 (mono)Bud Powell12" Vinyl12BLP 1504
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1J.J. Johnson12" Vinyl10BLP 1505
The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2J.J. Johnson12" Vinyl10BLP 1506
Milt JacksonMilt Jackson12" Vinyl13BLP 15094988017664896
Horace Silver and the Jazz MessengersHorace Silver & The Jazz Messengers12" Vinyl8BLP 1518
Afro-CubanKenny Dorham12" Vinyl7BLP 1535
Hank Mobley QuartetHank Mobley Quartet10" Vinyl6BLP 5066[none]
Miles Davis, Volume 2Miles Davis12" Vinyl11BLP 1502[none]
A Night at Birdland, Volume 1The Art Blakey Quintet12" Vinyl5BLP 1521[none]
Whims of ChambersPaul Chambers Sextet12" Vinyl7BLP 1534
Profoundly Blue / Blue HarlemCharlie Christian With Ed Hall Quartet / Ike Quebec7" Vinyl245-1634
Tempus Fugit / Lazy SusanMiles Davis7" Vinyl245-1649
The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers12" Vinyl6BLP 1507[none]
The Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers12" Vinyl6BLP 1508[none]
Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2Thelonious Monk12" Vinyl12BLP 1511
A New Sound, a New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 1 (mono)Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl9BLP 1512
Detroit-New York JunctionThad Jones12" Vinyl5BLP 1513
A New Sound, a New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 2Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl7BLP 1514
At the Hickory House Volume 1 (mono)Jutta Hipp12" Vinyl10BLP 1515
At the Hickory House Volume 2Jutta Hipp12" Vinyl10BLP 1516
Patterns in JazzGil Mellé12" Vinyl6BLP 1517[none]
Herbie Nichols TrioHerbie Nichols Trio12" Vinyl10BLP 1519
Introducing Kenny BurrellKenny Burrell12" Vinyl7BLP 1523[none]
'Round About Midnight at the Cafe BohemiaKenny Dorham12" Vinyl6BLP 1524
The Incredible Jimmy Smith at the Organ, Volume 3Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl7BLP 1525
Memorial AlbumClifford Brown12" Vinyl10BLP 1526[none]
The Magnificent Thad JonesThad Jones12" Vinyl5BLP 1527
At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 1Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl4BLP 1528
At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 2Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl4BLP 1529
With Zoot SimsJutta HippVinyl6BLP 1530
Introducing Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin12" Vinyl7BLP 1533
Introducing Johnny GriffinJohnny GriffinVinyl9BLP 1533
Hank Mobley SextetHank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan12" Vinyl4BLP 1540[none]
The Magnificent, Volume 3Thad Jones12" Vinyl5BLP 1546
The Leap / WeirdoMiles Davis7" Vinyl2BLP 45-1650
Indeed!Lee Morgan12" Vinyl6BN 1538[none]
Young Man With a Horn / Would'n YouMiles Davis7" Vinyl3BNEP 204
Kenny BurrellKenny Burrell(unknown)7
The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol.2Fats Navarro12" Vinyl11
Paul Chambers QuintetPaul Chambers with Donald Byrd, Clifford Jordan, Tommy Flanagan & Elvin Jones12" Vinyl6BLP 1564
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 2Jimmy SmithVinyl31548
Volume 3Lee Morgan12" Vinyl51557
Sonny Rollins, Volume 2Sonny Rollins12" Vinyl61558
Well You Needn't / DonnaMiles Davis7" Vinyl245-1633
Quartet/Quintet/SextetLou Donaldson12" Vinyl10BLP 1537
6 Pieces of SilverThe Horace Silver Quintet12" Vinyl7BLP 1539
With Donald Byrd and Lee MorganHank Mobley12" Vinyl4BLP 1540
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1Sonny Rollins12" Vinyl5BLP 1542[none]
Sonny Rollins, Volume 1Sonny Rollins12" Vinyl5BLP 1542
Hank Mobley and His All StarsHank Mobley12" Vinyl5BLP 1544
Wailing With LouLou Donaldson Quintet with Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Herman Foster, John "Peck" Morrison & Art Taylor12" Vinyl6BLP 1545[none]
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 1Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl3BLP 1547
A Date With Jimmy Smith, Volume 2Jimmy Smith12" Vinyl3BLP 1548