Blue Note Records have announced the release of Blue Note Review: Volume One – Peace, Love & Fishing, the inaugural edition of a stunning new biannual, limited edition, luxury boxset subscription series that encapsulates the storied past and auspicious future of the legendary jazz label. The beautifully curated collector’s item is a limited production of 1,500 sets, and is available to order today for $200 exclusively through the Blue Note Records website.
The foundation of each Blue Note Review is and will remain the music. Each biannual set will contain a collection of new recordings from Blue Note’s current roster plus a timeless treasure from the Blue Note vaults, representing the unique continuum of jazz, a music where innovation is always built upon what’s come before, yet a restlessly creative artform with improvisation and reinvention at its core.
Bucking the digital trend in music, the Blue Note Review, the music within each biannual box set will only be available in the Review, it won’t be found on streaming services or digital download sites, and none of the items contained in the set will be sold separately.
“The digital transformation of the music business has made great strides in terms of convenience, but we’ve lost so much along the way,” explains Blue Note President Don Was, who conceived of the Blue Note Review and serves as its Publisher.
“For so many of us, Blue Note has always represented a particular sensibility and a culture of cool. Blue Note Review is our great effort to restore some of that culture, and to re-create that tangible, multi-sensory experience. This has been a labour of love for everyone involved, and we couldn’t be more proud to introduce the Blue Note Review to jazz lovers worldwide.”
Included in Blue Note Review: Volume One – Peace, Love & Fishing are a 2-LP, 180g vinyl double album (2-CD set also included) of new & previously unreleased recordings by current Blue Note artists including Wayne Shorter Quartet, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gregory Porter, Kandace Springs, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, and Blue Note All-Stars featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Strickland.
In addition, there will also be a 180-gram vinyl reissue of the previously out-of-print rare classic catalogue album Step Lightly by trumpeter Blue Mitchell, recorded in 1963 with Joe Henderson, Leo Wright, Herbie Hancock, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks, and featuring liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
Also includes are two never-before-released Francis Wolff 12×12 lithographs of Wayne Shorter and Stanley Turrentine; an exclusive John Varvatos-designed Blue Note scarf; A ‘Jazz Is Not A Crime’ turntable mat conceived by Ryan Adams and a lifestyle zine featuring a fascinating collection of articles and musings including: a foreword by spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass, a poem by Jack Grapes, a conversation between Wayne Shorter and actor/comedian/jazz fanatic Jeff Garlin, an eloquent elegy for the late drummer Billy Higgins written by Charles Lloyd, and a true-to-life comic drawn by Keith Henry Brown about an encounter between Stanley Turrentine and Blue Note founder Alfred Lion as told in the words of Bobby Hutcherson.
Scroll down to read the full tracklisting for Blue Note Review: Volume One – Peace, Love & Fishing:
‘Lady Gabor’ (Live from Royce Hall) – Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
‘Footprints’ – Dr. Lonnie Smith
‘Take Me To The Alley (Live From Blue Note Jazz at Sea) – Gregory Porter & Blue Note All-Stars
‘Turnaround’ – Blue Note All-Stars
‘Memory of a Flame’ – Terence Blanchard
‘To Be Fair’ – Derrick Hodge
‘Daydream’ – Kandace Springs
‘Zero Gravity #913’ – Wayne Shorter Quartet
Blue Mitchell – Step Lightly:
‘Sweet and Lovely’
‘Cry Me a River’