Blue Note New Releases
  Smith, Jimmy
  "Back At The Chicken Shack"
  CD  CAP  93777   2007-08-28
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 Back at the Chicken Shack is one of organist Jimmy Smith's classic Blue Note sessions, and the first to draw attention to tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1960, the group reaches the peak of funky soul-jazz that all other challengers of the genre would have to live up to. Included on this up-tempo session is a reworking of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", Turrentines' "Minor Chant," two Smith compositions, "Messy Bessie" as well as the set's notable title cut, and the CD-only bonus track, "On the Sunny Side of the Street." Preview tracks

  Smith, Jimmy
  "Midnight Special"
  CD  CAP  92775   2007-08-28
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 Jimmy Smith's April 25, 1950 session, with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell, and Donald Bailey, produced these two classic albums that are the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level. Not a bad day's work!

  Hancock, Herbie
  "Takin' Off"
  CD  CAP  92757   2007-08-18
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 Pianist/composer Herbie Hancock was a year away from joining Miles Davis when he made his debut album on Blue Note, but his extraordinary talents were already apparent to those who heard him. With an exceptional line-up that feature Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon, Hancock recorded six compositions that showed a great composer in the making and one who could balance intelligence and appeal beautifully. Added to the original album are three alternate takes, including "Watermelon Man" and the soulful "Empty Pockets."

  Jones, Thad
  "The Magnificent Thad Jones"
  CD  CAP  92768   2007-08-18
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 Although Thad Jones was making a name for himself with Count Basie's orchestra in 1956 when he made this Blue Note debut album, it is in the small-group context that his brilliant and original trumpet style really emerges. With fellow Detroiters Billy Mitchell and Barry Harris, and ringers Percy Heath and Max Roach, he crafts inventive arrangments on mostly standards and plays brilliantly. Two bonus tracks have been added, including a beautiful duet with Kenny Burrell.

  Jordan, Duke
  "Flight To Jordan"
  CD  CAP  92759   2007-08-28
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 Duke Jordan established his credentials as pianist during 1947-48 when he was Charlie Parker's pianist. His composing skills did not emerge until the arrival of hard bop in the mid-fifties. Flight to Jordan from 1960 was his first full album as a leader and features the distinctive front line of Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Reece.

Added to the album's six great Jordan compositions are another original and a trio version of "I Should Care."

  Donaldson, Lou
  "Gravy Train"
  CD  CAP  92773   2007-08-18
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 This 1961 album features the signature sound that Lou Donaldson established in 1957 and hit pay dirt with a year later on Blues Walk. Fronting a quintet with Herman Foster's piano, bass , drums, and congas, this rich-toned, Bird-inspired alto saxophonist digs into soulful blues and lyrical standards. Alternate takes of the title tune and "Glory of Love" have been added to the original album.

  Morgan, Lee
  "Indeed"
  CD  CAP  92781   2007-08-28
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 Lee Morgan was truly a phenom when he burst onto the scene at 18, joined Dizzy Gillespie's band, and signed with Blue Note Records where he made 5 great albums in 10 months! Indeed was the first album; it features well-chosen compositions by Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Benny Golson, and Owen Marshall. With Clarence Sharpe, Horace Silver, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones, Lee put together a band that is as volcanic as his playing.

  Chambers, Paul
  "Bass On Top"
  CD  CAP  93182   2007-08-28
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 Paul Chambers was the most in-demand bassist in jazz within a year after arriving in New York City. He was signed to Blue Note, in Miles Davis's quintet, and making countless sessions for a who's who of modern jazz.

Bass on Top was his third album and remains a crowning achievement. Chambers assembled a quartet with Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, and Art Taylor, and built arrangements which feature his instrument prominently on melodies and solos. His bowed work is a thing of beauty. this Rudy Van Gelder remaster includes a seventh track from the session that was not on the original album.

Recorded on July 14, 1957 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

  Morgan, Lee
  "Candy"
  CD  CAP  93176   2007-08-28
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 Candy is one of the earliest documentations of Lee Morgan's trumpet brilliance. The then 19-year-old appears as the sole horn in a quartet with pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor. This would be Morgan's only quartet date, in fact. It consists almost entirely of standards, including the major pop hits "All the Way" and "Personality." In this regard, Candy makes for an interesting comparison with Standards, Morgan's long-lost septet session from 1967 (which didn't see release until 1998).

Among Candy's other highlights are Irving Berlin's "Who Do You Love, I Hope" and Jimmy Heath's uptempo "C.T.A." (Miles Davis recorded the latter on Volume 2 of his famous 1953 Blue Note series.) The CD reissue adds a blistering, previously unreleased take of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "All at Once You Love Her."

  Davis, Walter Jr.
  "Davis Cup"
  CD  CAP  92766   2007-08-28
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 One of the few pianists to succesfully master Bud Powell's achivements. Walter Davis, Jr. became an important pianist/composer for several editions of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and on pivotal recordings by Art Taylor, Donald Byrd, and Jackie McLean among others.

Davis Cup is his debut as a leader and, given the quality and variety of the writing and playing on this 1959 date, it's a shame that he remained so under recorded throughout his life. This is the pure Blue Note sound with Donald Byrd and Jackie McLean in peak form.

Recorded on August 2, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

  Dorham, Kenny
  "Afro-Cuban"
  CD  CAP  92744   2007-08-18
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 this album is the first flowering of Kenny Dorham as a significant trumpet stylist and composer. Using the newly formed Jazz Messengers as the core of these ensembles, Dorham crafted Latin pieces like "Minor's Holiday" and "Lotus Flower," which would quickly become jazz standards. The large ensemble tracks with J.J. Johnson and driven by Patato Valdes's congas are especially effective. An additional tune and an alternate take from the sessions are included.

  Kennedy, Nigel
  "Blue Note Sessions"
  CD  CAP  57050   2007-08-28
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 After decades of dazzling the world with record-breaking classical performances, the English violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy has begun charting a new artistic course with Blue Note Sessions, a breathtaking jazz recording. Although a readical departure from his lifelong study of the classics, there are still hallmark signatures of this uniquely gifted musician who has so changed the face of classical music.

  Quebec, Ike
  "Bossa Nova Soul Samba"
  CD  CAP  92783   2007-08-28
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 This program of sultry, minor-key music with a Brazilian tinge seems to have inspired Ike Quebec, who was suffering from advanced cancer that would claim his life three months later. But here his big-toned, impassioned tenor is intact. Quebec's take on the bossa nova craze that exploded that year (1962) is more muscular than Stan Getz's and doesn't rely on the familiar Jobim and Gilberto songs of the day. He and Kenny Burrell solo over the sly, subtle rhythms of Wendell Marshall, Willie Bobo, and Garvin Masseaux. Three alternate takes have been added to the original album.

  Morgan, Lee
  "Delightfulee"
  CD  CAP  92770   2007-08-18
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 This album started as a project for an 11-piece band arranged by Oliver Nelson and featuring Wayne Shorter, but four tunes were put on the shelf and Morgan went in six weeks later to cur four sides with a quintet that included Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner. The original album contained the four quintet pieces, highlighted by the island groove of "Ca-Lee-So" and two pop ballads from the Nelson date. Added to the original album for this Cd are the four shelved Oliver Nelson-arranged tunes.

  Willette, Baby Face
  "Face To Face"
  CD  CAP  93180   2007-08-18
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 Baby Face Willette is one of those mysterious musicians who came on the scene, made a big splash and then faded into obscurity. He was a monstrously talented organist with a relentless sense of swing. His first of two Blue Note albums put him in ideal company with soulful saxophonist Fred Jackson, guitarist Grant Green, and drummer Ben Dixon. The degree of empathy they attained on the various grooves set forth here sounds like they'd been together for years. Added to the original album are two alternate takes.

  Terrasson, Jacky
  "Mirror"
  CD  CAP  91185   2007-08-28
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 For his first album since 2003's Smile, pianist Jacky Terrasson returns with heightened vitality on a superb solo outing, Mirror. The CD is a wide-ranging collection of re-envisioned standards, a jewel of a new standard, and six song-like originals, all delivered with a spontaneious joie de vivre.

  Morgan, Lee
  "The Latin Bit"
  CD  CAP  93174   2007-08-28
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 This album is a delightful foray into a variety of Latin styles from South American standards to New York Latino hits to jazz tunes with an Afro-Cuban tinge. Wille Bobo and Patato Valdes drive the proceedings beautifully, and Green is cooking throughout. Three bonus tracks, two from a later session with Ike Quebec, have been added to the original album.

  Morgan, Lee
  "Volume 2: Sextet"
  CD  CAP  92779   2007-08-28
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 Lee Morgan was truly a phenom when he burst onto the scene at 18, joined Dizzy Gillespie's band, and signed with Blue Note Records where he made 5 great albums in 10 months! Volume 2 features the compositions and arrangements of Beeny Golson and Owen Marshall.

Morgan's sparkling, pungent style was already in evidence at this young age and the stellar sextet handles this fasinating material with grace and ease. This is the first recording of the classic "Whisper Not."

Recorded on December 2, 1956 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.

  Morgan, Lee
  "Volume 3"
  CD  CAP  92746   2007-08-28
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 For his third Blue Note album, Lee Morgan stuck to the sextet format, this time focusing entirely on Benny Golson compositions, including the classic "I Remember Clifford." The composer is also on tenor sax throughout. An alternate take of "Tip-toeing" allows the listener to compare Lee's approach to muted and open horn on the same tune.

Recorded on March 24, 1957 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.



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