Mixing James Brown funk with his own soul jazz grooves, ‘Mr Shing-A-Ling’ found Lou Donaldson in the middle of a second creative burst for Blue Note.
‘Blues Walk’ helped to kick-start the soul-jazz movement of the 60s and remains the go-to album in saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s canon.
Featuring Francis Wolff’s iconic photography and Reid Miles’ innovative typography, the best Blue Note album covers influenced mainstream graphic design.
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.
Horace Silver made a string of classic records for Blue Note, but 1959's Blowin' The Blues away is one of the very best
Hammond B3 organ maestro Dr. Lonnie Smith is returning to Blue Note. His first album for them since 1970, Evolution, produced by Don Was, is out 29 January.
An all star concert to celebrate 75 years of Blue Note Records is now available on the National Public Radio web site (Blue Note at 75, The Concert).