Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Blue Note is loved, respected, and revered as one of the most important record labels in the history of music.
Blue Note is unquestionably the most iconic jazz label there's ever been. Here are 50 highlights from the legendary imprint.
Mentored and produced by the great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the group had the biggest single of their career with 'Walking In Rhythm.'
Recorded in May and June 1969, the album made its debut on Billboard's Best Selling Jazz LPs chart on January 3, 1970.
The trumpeter took jazz music out of tiny clubs and up the R&B charts…and even onto the dance floor.
The single came from his new Blue Note album of the time, 'Places and Spaces.'
Released on September 23, 1969, Isaac Hayes’ 'Hot Buttered Soul' is a masterpiece that single-handedly invented symphonic soul.
The original version of the track appeared on Byrd’s 1975 R&B fusion classic 'Places and Spaces'.
With ‘Royal Flush’, Donald Byrd held a few aces up his sleeve, pushing the boundaries of hard bop while also introducing Herbie Hancock to the world.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary 3-LP reissue of Guru’s Jazzmatazz Volume 1, Urban Legends has premiered a new lyric video for the track 'No Time To Play'.
Guru's hybrid album of jazz and rap, Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a deluxe 3-LP edition featuring instrumentals, remixes and more.
Alphonse Mouzon, the widely-respected jazz and fusion drummer who played with Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and many others, died on Christmas Day at 68.
Recorded over a two year period for Prestige Records these are among John Coltrane's earliest albums as a leader…stunning!
Black Pearls was recorded by John Coltrane in May 1958, but not released until 1964 – it was well worth the wait!
Recorded in 1972 and released in 1973 on Blue Note Records this album is a revelation, and what's more it even made the pop charts