Building on the success of ‘The Sidewinder’, ‘Cornbread’ revealed Lee Morgan to be a formidable composer as well as a dazzling trumpeter.
Many jazz musicians died when they were in their prime or even younger, particularly during the music’s heyday, but their music lives on forever.
Including career-defining sessions that continue to make their influence felt, the best jazz albums of all time offer a wealth of stunning, must-hear music.
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.
On 'Mode For Joe', Joe Henderson delivers an exciting glimpse of the future while managing to keep one foot in the hard-bop past.
Featuring Francis Wolff’s iconic photography and Reid Miles’ innovative typography, the best Blue Note album covers influenced mainstream graphic design.
Highlighting entry points to an overwhelming amount of music, this guide to Blue Note will help you tell your Art from your Thelonious.
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.
Recorded when Lee Morgan was just 19, The Cooker sees the young Blue Note trumpet star transcend his influences to find his own voice.
So familiar is ‘Blue Train’ that it feels like a theme to some long-forgotten TV series or the soundtrack of an atmospheric movie.
Revered drummer Tony Allen will release an EP tribute to another drum master on 19 May, 2017, when Blue Note issue Allen's A Tribute To Art Blakey.
I Called Him Morgan, the documentary about jazz trumpet great Lee Morgan, is showing this month at the New York and London Film Festivals.
These 5 Art Blakey albums were recorded between 1960 and 1964, a period of intense creativity for the brilliant drummer and the Jazz Messengers