The compilation is set to arrive September 24.
From soul-jazz cuts to avant-garde explorations, ‘Empyrean Isles’ revealed that Herbie Hancock was a jazz icon in the making.
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‘It’s Time!’ found Jackie McLean returning to the driving swing rhythms of hard bop, but it certainly wasn’t a conservative session.
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Produced by Creed Taylor, it featured guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, and others.
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Left on the shelf for almost two decades, ‘Chant’ is a early 60s Donald Byrd classic that finds the trumpeter in exceptional form.
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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.
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