Building on the success of ‘The Sidewinder’, ‘Cornbread’ revealed Lee Morgan to be a formidable composer as well as a dazzling trumpeter.
In the vinyl era, every genre of music developed its own visual aesthetic, a tip-off to the listener as to what could be found inside the album cover.
Master drummer Art Blakey’s final release for Blue Note, ‘Indestructible’ found him living up to the album’s title, creating a timeless album.
Accompanied by a graphic novel, ‘Emanon’ is a profoundly evocative allegory for our times, illuminating the genius of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
The artwork of the legendary Blue Note jazz record label has come to represent everything that is brilliant and innovative in album cover design.
Artwork may be designed to show off music, but some album cover designers have attracted fame thanks to their iconic work. Here we look at 13 of the best.
Recorded with his wife, organist Shirley Scott, ‘Hustlin’’ revealed that Stanley Turrentine was a true master of the saxophone.
Regarded as one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time, retired “Saxophone Colossus” Sonny Rollins gives a rare interview to uDiscover Music.
With her hotly anticipated second album, ‘Indigo’, Kandace Springs flourished into a versatile performer who blends soul and jazz with hip-hop swagger.
A pioneering hard bop pianist, the late Horace Silver was a founding member of The Jazz Messengers. He left an enormously important legacy.
His second album for Blue Note, ‘Sonny’s Crib’ established the short-lived pianist as an in-demand giant in the jazz world.
A searing hard bop manifesto, Johnny Griffin’s ‘The Congregation’ album is a high-water mark in both the saxophonist’s and the label’s history.
A towering achievement, ‘Go’ made saxophonist Dexter Gordon a bona fide jazz giant – and not just because of his towering physique.
Recorded across two sessions, ‘The Sermon!’ finds the Hammond organ master Jimmy Smith at his finest for Blue Note, and pointing the future towards soul jazz.
His fourth album for the iconic Blue Note label, ‘Expansions’ was an ambitious work that found pianist McCoy Tyner in brand new territory.