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2:49 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 9:48 pm

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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2:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:42 am

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

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2:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Norah Jones performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:42 am

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present.

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2:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith perform at Blue Note At 75, The Concert.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:41 am

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his motto — but he's certainly expanded his palette of dirty jokes to include, well, modern medicine. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, Donaldson warmed up the crowd and gave it some of his classic greasy polish. Sweet Poppa Lou was accompanied by organist Dr.

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2:26 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson perform at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:41 am

Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson's album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they've continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn't say a word, but locked into a miniature set of Tyner's classic compositions with ageless grace.

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