Blue Note Records and UNIQLO have teamed up once again for a new UT t-shirt collection featuring five new designs based on iconic Blue Note album covers that were selected by Blue Note President and GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was.
Brokered by Universal Music Group’s merchandising division, Bravado, via their team in Japan, the new UT collection is on sale today in UNIQLO stores worldwide and online (see below).
“We’re thrilled to team up with UNIQLO on this new UT collection that lets fans adorn themselves in the visionary designs of Reid Miles,” said Was. “In the 1950s and 60s Reid created an enduringly hip Blue Note aesthetic with album covers that were themselves works of art, and we hope new generations will discover his genius thru UT.”
This is Blue Note’s fourth collaboration with UNIQLO going back to 2011 and the second volume the popular UT collection that was launched last year. UT asked Was to select 30 “Essential” Blue Note album covers from which the UT designers carefully selected the seven designs released in 2021 and the five additional designs featured in this new collection: Lee Morgan’s Cornbread and The Rumproller, Freddie Hubbard’s Hub-Tones, Andrew Hill’s Judgment, and Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch.
To celebrate the collaboration, Blue Note has updated the official playlist BLUE NOTE MEETS UT, which was specially curated by Was for this collaboration.
Blue Note has a number of exciting releases coming soon. Gerald Clayton is gearing up to release his gorgeous new album with the label, Bells On Sand, which comes out April 1. Trombone Shorty has been offering previews of his highly anticipated new studio album, Lifted, out April 29 via the famed label. Vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross will return with stunning conviction on The Parable of the Poet, an expansive album-length suite composed by Ross which marks his 3rd release for Blue Note following his 2019 debut KingMaker and 2020’s Who Are You?.