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New “Blue Note Select” Packages Coming from Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Brownie

Multi-disc sets part of label’s 75th anniversary celebration

John Coltrane with Miles Davis, Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY 1958
Thelonious Monk

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.

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