Blue Note Records, as part of the label’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration, has announced four new releases in its “Blue Note Select” collections: multi-CD sets from Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, each with original recordings sequenced as they were first released on 10-inch or 78 RPM singles (a departure from previous reissues, which have used recording chronology or later 12-inch versions of the albums for their sequences).
Each Blue Note Select collection, according to a press release from the company, will be presented in special book-style packaging with a new essay, Francis Wolff session photos, original album art and other details. Miles Davis’ Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums is available beginning today in 2-CD and digital packages, Clifford Brown’s Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings will be released June 10 in 3-CD and digital packages, and John Coltrane and Friends’ Sideman: Trane’s Blue Note Sessions will be released July 15 in 3-CD and digital packages. Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Recordings will be released this fall in 2-CD and digital packages.
Details are as follows:
Miles Davis/Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums (2CD; digital)
A new, Miles Davis Estate-approved collection of Davis’ three Blue Note 10-inch albums plus all alternate takes issued on subsequent 12-inch albums and CD reissues: a total of 26 tracks recorded for Blue Note Records on three dates in 1952, ’53 and ’54. This is the first time Davis’ 10-inch albums-Young Man With A Horn, Miles Davis Vol. 2 and Vol. 3-have been issued in their original sequence since the early 1950s. The book-style packaging includes a 32-page booklet with an essay by jazz writer Kirk Silsbee, and other elements as noted.