Tunes | New and Used Vinyl, CDs, DVDs & More!

Blue Note 85

Blue Note 85
Blue Note Tone Poet
Blue Note Indie Exclusive Blue
Blue Note Classic Vinyl

_________________________________________________________________________________

Quick View
Recorded in May 1964, shortly after Hubbard left Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the quintet - with James Spaulding, Ronnie Mathews, Eddie Khan, and Joe Chambers - moves assuredly from free-form playing and modal jazz to the blues and balladry on this 6-song set of originals by Hubbard and Chambers. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Freddie Hubbard - Breaking Point (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
$38.98
Quick View

The prodigious trumpeter Freddie Hubbard debuted on Blue Note in 1960 and produced an astounding run of recordings over the first half of the decade that culminated with Blue Spirits, which was the last of his 1960s studio albums for the label. This bluesy and spirited album presented five evocative Hubbard originals, each of which was given a richly textured arrangement for an ensemble that included a dynamic four-horn lineup. Drawn from two different sessions, the first date produced the gratifying opening track "Soul Surge" and the percolating "Cunga Black" with Hubbard joined by James Spaulding on alto saxophone and flute, Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Kiane Zawadi on euphonium, Harold Mabern on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Big Black on congas. A week later Hubbard returned to Van Gelder Studio with Spaulding, Zawadi, and a slightly different lineup including Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums. This second session rounded out the album with hard-charging performances of "Outer Forces" and "Jodo," as well as the mesmerizing title track.

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket.

FEATURES:

  • 180gram Vinyl LP
  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes
  • Deluxe Tip-On Jacket

Freddie Hubbard Blue Spirits (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) 180gram LP

Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
$38.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Extension was the last of three unique Blue Note sessions led by the singular saxophonist George Braith in the early 1960s. The album was rooted in soul jazz - with Grant Green (guitar), Billy Gardner (organ), and Clarence Johnston (drums) - but Braith's adventurous spirit led the music into unexpected realms on memorable originals like "Nut City." Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
George Braith - Extension
$27.98
Quick View

Gerald Wilson's 1962 album, Moment of Truth, features his dynamic big band on an action-packed 9-song set (7 of which were composed by Wilson) with highlights including the swaggering blues of the title track, the irrepressible Latin groove of "Viva Tirado," and a fleet-footed version of Miles Davis's "Milestones." Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Gerald Wilson - Moment Of Truth (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
$38.98
Quick View
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition was mastered by Kevin Gray. The brilliant pianist and composer Geri Allen came out of Detroit's fertile jazz scene, eventually moving to New York where she became part of the emerging M-Base collective that was forging new creative ideas and approaches to jazz in the 1980s. Allen began recording for Blue Note in 1990 with The Nurturer followed by Maroons in 1992. For her 3rd Blue Note album Twenty One, recorded in 1994, Allen joined forces with two masters-bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams-for a dynamic trio date. Allen's stunning lyricism, as well as her boundless harmonic and rhythmic creativity, shines on this remarkable 12-song set that presents her own compelling originals like "Feed The Fire," "RTG," and "In The Morning" alongside choice standards ("If I Should Lose You," "Tea For Two, "Lullaby Of The Leaves," "Old Folks") and pieces by Thelonious Monk ("Introspection/Thelonious").
Geri Allen - Twenty One
$37.99
Quick View

The brilliant arranger, composer, and pianist Gil Evans had already collaborated with Miles Davis on Birth of the Cool and Miles Ahead and made his own debut album Gil Evans & Ten for Prestige when he signed with World Pacific Records in 1958 and made the first of two albums for the label: New Bottle Old Wine with featured soloist Cannonball Adderley. The next year Evans was back in the studio to record the follow-up Great Jazz Standards with two different ensembles featuring the likes of trumpeter Johnny Coles, trombonists Curtis Fuller and Jimmy Cleveland, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Budd Johnson, guitarist Ray Crawford, drummer Elvin Jones, and others. As the title promises, the album presents a program of great jazz standards leading off with Bix Beiderbecke's "Davenport Blues," a showcase for Coles, before launching into a shimmering version of Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser" where Coles, Lacy, Fuller, and Evans all get the spotlight. A stunning presentation of Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf's "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and a no-nonsense take on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" close out the first side. On the flipside, John Lewis' "Django" gets an impressionistic arrangement full of surprises, while a modernistic version of Don Redman's "Chant of the Weed" is a solo vehicle for Johnson's clarinet. The album culminates with a soaring performance of the Evans original "Theme," later known as "La Nevada."

This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket.

FEATURES:

  • 180gram Vinyl LP
  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes
  • Deluxe Tip-On Jacket

Gil Evans - Great Jazz Standards - Tone Poet LP

Gil Evans - Great Jazz Standards (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)[LP]
$38.98
Quick View
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)
$27.98
Quick View
Grant Green began his lengthy and prolific Blue Note career with the 1961 release of his debut album Grant's First Stand, a stellar soul jazz outing that featured the guitarist in an organ trio with Baby Face Willette on Hammond B3 and Ben Dixon on drums. When he returned to Van Gelder Studio next in April of that year it was once again with a trio but this time one with a leaner sound featuring Green backed by bass (Ben Tucker) and drums (Dave Bailey). The spare setting and sturdy support created spacious realms for Green to expound at length, unspooling his inventive, bluesy lines on a 5-song set that included the no-nonsense originals "No. 1 Green Street," "Grant's Dimensions," and "Green With Envy." Green also showcased his singular tone on a stunning version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round About Midnight" and an alluring rendition of the standard "Alone Together."
Grant Green - Green Street [Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series LP]
$27.98
Quick View
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
$38.98
Quick View
Grant Green was `Feelin' the Spirit' on this deeply soulful 1962 date that found the great guitarist interpreting a set of spirituals with a state-of-the-art modern jazz line-up featuring Herbie Hancock (piano), Butch Warren (bass), Billy Higgins (drums), and Garvin Masseaux (tambourine). Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Grant Green - Feelin' The Spirit LP (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)[LP]
$38.98
Quick View

Grant Green's Nigeria is an underrated gem in the guitarist's remarkable Blue Note catalog. Recorded in 1962, and released in 1980, the album features a top-shelf band with Sonny Clark on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and powerhouse Art Blakey on drums. The groove is deep right from the start, highlighting timeless renditions of the classic tracks. Blue Note's Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series features 180g vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Grant Green - Nigeria [LP][Blue Note Tone Poet Series]
$38.98
Quick View
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]
$38.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Grant Green's musical style evolved to embrace jazz-funk as the decade turned to 1970. The guitarist's vibrant album Green Is Beautiful is a highlight of the era. With his distinctive tone, he shines on a set that includes covers of James Brown ("Ain't It Funky Now"), The Beatles ("A Day In The Life") and Burt Bacharach ("I'll Never Fall In Love Again"). Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray.
Grant Green - Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)[LP]
$27.98
Quick View
Grant Green - "I Want To Hold Your Hand (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)" / The trio of Grant Green, Larry Young and Elvin Jones had a unique alchemy from the first time they got together on 1964's Talkin' About. For 1965's I Want To Hold Your Hand, they added Hank Mobley to the mix for sophisticated renditions of well-known songs by the Beatles, Ant√īnio Carlos Jobim, Cole Porter and more. Blue Note Tone Poet Series is produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.
Grant Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
$38.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. In addition to boasting one of Reid Miles' greatest album cover designs, Hank Mobley's 1963 album No Room for Squares is also a marvel for the music alone. The tenor saxophonist had already notched several hard bop masterpieces in his Blue Note belt including Soul Station and Workout, but No Room for Squares was an even more ambitious effort that found Mobley elevating his game as a bandleader, improviser, and a composer. The album was drawn from two different sessions each featuring a different quintet line-up. A March 7 date found Mobley with trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Philly Joe Jones who deliver thrilling performances of the Mobley originals "Up a Step" and "Old World, New Imports." Mobley returned to Van Gelder Studio on October 2 with Jones once again on drums plus trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Andrew Hill, and bassist John Ore to lay down takes of Mobley's skittering tunes "Three Way Split" and "No Room for Squares" in addition to two remarkable Morgan tunes: the gorgeous ballad "Carolyn" and the grooving "Me 'N You." This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Hank Mobley - No Room For Squares (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Serie
$27.98
Quick View
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)
$38.98
Quick View

Hank Mobley, famously called the "middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone", had a round sound and an incredible rhythmic lightness. This remarkable 1957 session features a stunning cast of bop giants, including Art Farmer, Pepper Adams, Sonny Clark and more. "East of Brooklyn", a highlight on the album, is a masterpiece of lyrical construction. Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this 180g vinyl features all-analog, remastered audio in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Hank Mobley - Poppin' [LP][Blue Note Tone Poet Series]
$38.98
Quick View
In 1963, tenor saxophonist Harold Vick made his sole album as a leader for Blue Note on the underrated soul jazz gem, Steppin' Out. The record finds its groove from the first downbeat and stays firmly in the pocket throughout this set featuring Blue Mitchell, Grant Green, John Patton, and Ben Dixon. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Harold Vick - Steppin' Out (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [LP]
$38.98
Quick View
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]
$27.98
Quick View
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]
$38.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Blue Note founder Alfred Lion considered pianist Herbie Nichols to be as original and important as Thelonious Monk. Little-known in his time, recognition has grown for his unique compositions like "The Third World," and "2300 Skidoo." Both volumes are combined on 1 LP with Vol. 1 on the cover, Vol. 2 on the back, and liner notes inside a gatefold jacket. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Herbie Nichols - Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol 1 & 2
$27.98
Quick View
Vinyl LP pressing. Blue Note Tone Poet series. Herbie Nichols was one of the most original pianists and composers in Jazz history. Blue Note founder Alfred Lion considered him to be as unique and important a voice as Thelonious Monk, another singular talent who Lion was the first to record a few years before he signed Nichols in 1955. Little-known during his lifetime, recognition has begun to grow in recent decades for Nichols' incredibly hip, angular compositions, each of which were miniature marvels built with their own sturdy inner logic. Following his introduction on the two 10" LPs The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2., Nichols returned to Rudy Van Gelder's Hackensack, New Jersey studio in August 1955 with drummer Max Roach and bassist Al McKibbon-and again in April 1956 with Roach and bassist Teddy Kotick-for sessions that produced Herbie Nichols Trio (BLP 1519). This 12" LP was another collection of idiosyncratic Nichols originals including "The Gig," "House Party Starting," "Wildflower," and perhaps his best-known composition "Lady Sings the Blues" which was written for Billie Holiday.
Nichols, Herbie - Herbie Nichols Trio (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
$38.98
Quick View
Best known for his work with Charles Mingus, pianist Horace Parlan began recording for Blue Note in 1960 with an excellent run of hard bop classics including?Speakin' My Piece, a quintet date featuring a frontline of Stanley Turrentine (saxophone) and Tommy Turrentine (trumpet) with the rhythm team of George Tucker (bass) and Al Harewood (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.
Horace Parlan - Speakin My Piece (Blue Note Classic Series)[LP]
$27.98
Quick View
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]
$27.98
Quick View
The Horace Silver Quintet of 1959 was a hard bop juggernaut featuring the pianist with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Louis Hayes. Timeless originals like "Sister Sadie," "Peace," and the blustery title track make Blowin' The Blues Away one of the finest entries in Silver's formidable discography. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series features stereo, all-analog mastering by Kevin Gray from the original tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Optimal. Musicians: Blue Mitchell-trumpet / Junior Cook-saxophone / Horace Silver-piano / Gene Taylor-bass / Louis Hayes-drums
Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away (Blue Note Classic Vinyl)
$27.98
Quick View
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]
$38.98
Quick View
Ike Quebec's aptly titled 1961 album Heavy Soul was a soul jazz masterclass with the tenor saxophonist joined by Freddie Roach (organ), Milt Hinton (bass) and Al Harewood (drums). Ike's robust horn conjures a variety of moods from up-tempo swingers to sultry slow-tempo stunners closing with a spellbinding duo rendition of "Nature Boy" with Hinton. 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.
Ike Quebec - Heavy Soul (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
$27.98
Quick View
Trombonist J.J. Johnson took the language of bebop and adapted it to his instrument winning the admiration of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. After playing on Miles Davis' first Blue Note session, Johnson led several dates in 1953-54 that were compiled on The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1 featuring Clifford Brown, Charles Mingus and more. 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.
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1 (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)[LP]
$27.98
Quick View
Organist "Brother" Jack McDuff came to Blue Note and made one of the most ambitious albums of his career with Moon Rappin'. Released in 1970, it features five funky, spaced-out originals including "Oblighetto," which would later be sampled by A Tribe Called Quest as the foundation of their classic tracks "Scenario," and "Check the Rhime." 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.
Jack Mcduff - Moon Rappin': Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series [LP]
$27.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. Easterly Winds-the 2nd of 3 Blue Note albums Jack Wilson recorded for Blue Note in the late-1960s-found the pianist at the helm of a first-rate hard bop sextet with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, Bob Cranshaw on bass, & Billy Higgins on drums. This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes.
Jack Wilson - Easterly Winds (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
$38.98
Quick View
The innovative hard bop of Jackie McLean evolved as the `60s progressed. Inspired by Ornette Coleman, the saxophonist ventured into the avant-garde but never let go of a soulful sense of swing. Destination Out! was his masterwork of inside-out jazz with Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Larry Ridley on bass and Roy Hayes 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.
Jackie Mclean - Destination Out (Blue Note Classic Series) [LP]
$27.98
Quick View
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]
$38.98
Quick View
Vinyl LP pressing. Blue Note Tone Poet Series. Jackie McLean's music weaved in and out of the avant-garde throughout the 1960s with the brilliant 1963 inside-out dates One Step Beyond and Destination... Out! Eventually leading to full-throated free jazz of the 1967 dates New and Old Gospel (featuring Ornette Coleman on trumpet) and 'Bout Soul. Demon's Dance, which was recorded in December 1967, found the alto saxophonist maintaining a decidedly post-bop edge with a spirited quintet comprised of trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist LaMont Johnson, bassist Scott Holt, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The six-song set presented a pair of tunes each by McLean, Shaw, and composer Cal Massey with highlights including McLean's churning title track, Shaw's tuneful bossa "Sweet Love of Mine," and Massey's brightly swinging "Message from Trane" in tribute to the great John Coltrane who had passed away early that year. But the album's most striking feature may be the unforgettable cover artwork by Mati Klarwein whose work also graced the cover of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.
Jackie Mclean - Demon's Dance (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
$38.98
Quick View
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)
$38.98
Quick View
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)
$38.98
Quick View
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean had the blues on his mind when he went into the Van Gelder Studio in 1961 to record his hard bop masterpiece Bluesnik?with a blazing quintet featuring Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Kenny Drew (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), and Pete La Roca (drums). The 6-song set of bluesy originals brims with immediacy and vibrancy. 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.
Jackie Mclean - Bluesnik (Blue Note Classic Series)[LP]
$27.98
Quick View
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
$27.98
Quick View
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]
$25.98
Quick View
It's a testament to Jimmy Smith's volcanic creativity that the Hammond B3 organ firebrand recorded not one but two soul jazz classics-Midnight Special and Back at the Chicken Shack-in a single day when he entered Van Gelder Studio on April 25, 1960 with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums. Smith had been a self-taught pianist before abandoning the instrument in 1954 in favor of the organ, renting a Philadelphia warehouse, and woodshedding for a year until he emerged with a revolutionary style that immediately caught the ear Alfred Lion. The Blue Note boss dubbed him The Incredible Jimmy Smith and recorded the B3 innovator as frequently as he could between 1956-1963. Midnight Special opens with the soulful title track which chugs along at a laid-back pace giving ample space for Smith, Turrentine, and Burrell to state their case. Other highlights of the set include the up-tempo burner "Jumpin' the Blues" and a deeply felt ballad performance of the standard "Why Was I Born?" This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
$27.98
Quick View
Joe Lovano's sublime 2003 album, I'm All For You: Ballad Songbook, found the saxophonist wrapping his ravishing sound around timeless melodies like, "Stella By Starlight," "I Waited For You," and "Like Someone In Love." This elegant set also introduced Lovano's marvelous quartet featuring Hank Jones (piano), George Mraz (bass), and Paul Motian (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 Lovano - I'm All For You (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)[2 LP]
$37.99
Quick View
Double vinyl LP pressing. The acclaimed Cleveland-born saxophonist Joe Lovano came to Blue Note Records in 1990 and over the next 25 years became one of the most recorded artists in the label's history, building a formidable and far-ranging catalog that explored the full breadth of his artistry. Recorded in September 1997, Trio Fascination: Edition One stands out as one of the more remarkable sessions in Lovano's discography with the saxophonist joining forces with two all-time legends-bassist Dave Holland and drummer Elvin Jones-in a spare trio setting that finds these three masters conversing freely. Throughout Lovano can be heard on tenor, soprano, alto, and straight alto saxophones, as well as alto clarinet, and the set consists of nine creative Lovano originals including the pulsing opener "New York Fascination," the spacious "Sanctuary Park," the Sam Rivers tribute "Studio Rivbea," and a stunning rendition of the lone standard "Ghost of a Chance." This Tone Poet Vinyl Edition marks the album's first-ever release on vinyl.
Joe Lovano - Trio Fascination (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
$54.98
Quick View

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 2LP†and†2CD

John Coltrane - Blue Train (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [Mono LP]
$38.98 Video
Quick View

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 LP†and†2CD

John Coltrane - Blue Train: The Complete Masters (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) [Stereo 2LP]
$54.98 Video
Quick View
Underrated trumpeter Johnny Coles recorded only one album for Blue Note. Released in 1963, Little Johnny C is a little-known treasure featuring Coles at the helm of a dynamic sextet that includes tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, alto saxophonist Leo Wright, pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummers Walter Perkins and Pete La Roca. 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.
Johnny Coles - Little Johnny C (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series) [LP]
$27.98
Quick View
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket. Recorded in 1957, Kenny Burrell's 3rd session as a leader for Blue Note presented the guitarist's signature stylings with a crack team of hard boppers featuring Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Doug Watkins, & Louis Hayes. Previously only issued on vinyl in Japan this swinging set is given a new shine with this mono Tone Poet Vinyl Edition produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes.
$38.98
Quick View
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)
$27.98
Quick View
The first thing that strikes you about Kenny Burrell's second album for Blue Note is the cover, which features an illustration by Andy Warhol. The second is the music drawn from 4 different sessions recorded in 1956 with the guitarist featured in a variety of settings. Blue Note Tone Poet Series features all-analog, remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Kenny Burrell - Kenny Burrell (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)[Mono LP]
$38.98
Quick View
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
$38.98

        
back to top