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Blue Note’s Tone Poet Vinyl Reissue Series Will Continue in 2020

24 more classic albums—including titles by Hank Mobley, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, and Bobby Hutcherson—will get the audiophile treatment

Duke Ellington's Money Jungle
The cover of Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle, featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach

Blue Note Records’ acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, launched in 2019 in honor of the label’s 80th anniversary, will continue through at least 2020. Produced by Joe Harley, the series features all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl LPs remastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “old style” gatefold tip-on jackets.

Next year’s titles (two for each month of 2020) were once again handpicked by Harley and cover not only the classic Blue Note era of the 1950s and ’60s but also releases from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as albums from other labels that are now under the Blue Note umbrella, including Pacific Jazz and United Artists Records. The two January releases—Hank Mobley’s Poppin’ and Stanley Turrentine’s Comin’ Your Way—are available for pre-order now at Blue Note’s online store.

See below for the full 2020 Tone Poet release schedule.

January 24
Hank Mobley – Poppin’ (Blue Note, 1957)
Stanley Turrentine – Comin’ Your Way (Blue Note, 1961)

February 28
Chet Baker – Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz, 1954-56)
Grant Green – Nigeria (Blue Note, 1962)

March 27
Duke Ellington – Money Jungle (United Artists, 1962)
Herbie Hancock – The Prisoner (Blue Note, 1969)


April 24
Lee Morgan – The Cooker (Blue Note, 1957)
Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note, 2017)

May 22
Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At (Blue Note, 1962)
Joe Henderson – The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note, 1985)

June 26
Bobby Hutcherson – The Kicker (Blue Note, 1963)
Jackie McLean – It’s Time (Blue Note, 1964)

July 24
Horace Silver – Further Explorations (Blue Note, 1958)
Jimmy Smith – Prayer Meetin’ (Blue Note, 1963)


August 28
Herbie Hancock – My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)
Duke Pearson – The Phantom (Blue Note, 1968)

September 25
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Roots & Herbs (Blue Note, 1961)
Bobby Hutcherson – Oblique (Blue Note, 1967)

October 23
Tina Brooks – The Waiting Game (Blue Note, 1961)
McCoy Tyner – Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1967)

November 20
Donald Byrd – Byrd in Flight (Blue Note, 1960)
Lee Morgan – The Rajah (Blue Note, 1966)


December 11
Paul Chambers – Bass on Top (Blue Note, 1957)
John Scofield & Pat Metheny – I Can See Your House from Here (Blue Note, 1993)