Blue Note Records has announced the next run of titles in the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, which presents affordable 180g all-analog vinyl reissues in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal.
Curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman, the series continues its exploration of the extensive Blue Note catalog with titles that span the many eras and styles of the legendary label’s eight-decade history presented by themes: Bebop, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, The 70s, The Rebirth, and Hidden Gems.
The newly announced titles begin on January 20 with two 1970s classics by Blue Note legends who were at the forefront of jazz’s evolution: Grant Green’s Green Is Beautiful and Bobby Hutcherson’s San Francisco. Both titles are available for pre-order now on the Blue Note Store.
Other highlights of the new line-up include crown jewels of the catalog such as Miles Davis’ Volume 1 and Herbie Hancock’s Empyrean Isles, lesser-known gems like Dizzy Reece’s Star Bright and Johnny Coles’ Little Johnny C, and exploratory masterpieces including Sam Rivers’ Fuchsia Swing Song and Cecil Taylor’s Unit Structures. Also featured are two modern classics: Robert Glasper’s 2006 acoustic trio album In My Element and a reissue of Shades of Blue, Madlib’s 2003 invasion of the Blue Note vaults in honor of the visionary album’s 20th anniversary in June 2023.
Classic Vinyl Reissue Series – Release Schedule:
January 20, 2023 – The 70s
Grant Green – Green Is Beautiful (1970)
Bobby Hutcherson – San Francisco (1970)
February 17, 2023 – Hard Bop
Jackie McLean – Bluesnik (1961)
Horace Parlan – Speakin’ My Piece (1960)
March 17, 2023 – Post-Bop
Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles (1964)
Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song (1964)
April 21, 2023 – Hidden Gems
Dizzy Reece – Star Bright (1959)
Johnny Coles – Little Johnny C (1963)
May 19, 2023 – Bebop
Miles Davis – Volume 1 BLP 1501 (1952-53)
Fats Navarro – The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 1 BLP 1531 (1947-49)
June 16, 2023 – The Rebirth
Robert Glasper – In My Element (2006)*
Madlib – Shades of Blue (2003)*
July 21, 2023 – Soul Jazz
Ike Quebec – Heavy Soul (1961)
Lonnie Smith – Turning Point (1969)
August 18, 2023 – The Avant-Garde
Anthony Williams – Spring (1965)
Cecil Taylor – Unit Structures (1966)
*mastered from a digital source