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Historic Blue Note Concert Comes to DVD

When the Blue Note label returned after a five-year dormancy in 1985, label heads Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna produced a concert at New York City’s Town Hall for the occasion. The show starred a bunch of players who recorded for the label in its glory years, including drummer Art Blakey, keyboardist Herbie Hancock (pictured), vibist Bobby Hutcherson and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Portions of the show have been available on video for some time, but a new DVD due out November 4 will feature four performances previously unreleased on video as well as a Surround Sound mix.

The DVD, titled One Night With Blue Note: An Historic All Star Reunion Concert, features 14 performances from the concert, most of them by all-star ensembles like the quintet of Hancock, Hutcherson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams and flutist James Newton. There are three solo performances, one each by guitarist Stanley Jordan and pianists Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner. Here’s a full track list, previously unseen performances are marked with an asterisk:

Canteloupe Island

Herbie Hancock – Piano

Ron Carter – Bass

Tony Williams – Drums

Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet

Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone

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Herbie Hancock – Piano

Ron Carter – Bass

Tony Williams – Drums

Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet

Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone

Bobby Hutcherson – Vibes

Little B’s Poem Herbie Hancock – Piano

Ron Carter – Bass

Tony Williams – Drums

Bobby Hutcherson – Vibes

James Newton – Flute

Bouquet Herbie Hancock – Piano

Ron Carter – Bass

Bobby Hutcherson – Vibes

Jumpin’ Jack Stanley Jordan – Guitar

Summertime Grover Washington Jr.- Soprano Sax

Kenny Burrell – Guitar

Reggie Workman – Bass

Grady Tate – Drums

Moanin’ Art Blakey – Drums

Reggie Workman – Bass

Walter Davis Jr, – Piano

Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet

Johnny Griffin – Tenor Saxophone

Curtis Fuller – Trombone

Sweet and Lovely McCoy Tyner – Piano

Appointment in Ghana* McCoy Tyner – Piano

Cecil McBee – Bass

Jack DeJohnette – Drums

Woody Shaw – Trumpet

Jackie McLean – Alto Saxophone

Tone Poem Michel Petrucciani – Piano

Charles Lloyd -Tenor Saxophone, Flute

Cecil McBee – Bass

Jack DeJohnette – Drums

Blues Walk Lou Donaldson – Alto Saxophone

Jimmy Smith – Organ

Kenny Burrell – Guitar

Grady Tate – Drums

Jumpin’ the Blues* Stanley Turrentine – Tenor Saxophone

Jimmy Smith – Organ

Kenny Burrell – Guitar

Grady Tate – Drums

Scratch My Back* Stanley Turrentine – Sax

Jimmy Smith – Organ

Kenny Burrell – Guitar

Grady Tate – Drums

Pontos Cantados Cecil Taylor – Piano

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