As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, Blue Note Records will release 100 remastered jazz albums spanning both the classic and modern eras of the label. The series will launch on March 25 with five LPs: Art Blakey’s Free For All, John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil and Larry Young’s Unity. The complete list of albums to be reissued can be found here.
On the same date, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will launch Blue Note Records: The Finest In Jazz, an exhibit offering visitors an in-depth look at the record label. On the evening of March 25, the museum will host a special public event, “An Evening with Blue Note Records,” featuring a Q&A with Blue Note Records President Don Was.
In other Blue Note news, on March 11, the label will release a new 2-CD collection of 22 tracks spanning the label’s history, Best of Blue Note ICON, including Sidney Bechet Quintet’s “Summertime,” Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round About Midnight,” John Coltrane’s “Blue Train,” Sonny Clark’s “Cool Struttin’,” Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder,” Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil,” Norah Jones’ “Cold Cold Heart,” and more.
For Record Store Day in April, Blue Note will also reissue the label’s first two releases as limited edition 12-inch vinyl: Meade “Lux” Lewis’ “Melancholy”/”Solitude” (BN1) and Albert Ammons’ “Boogie Woogie Stomp”/”Boogie Woogie Blues” (BN2). Other catalog releases, including a 75-track digital bundle spanning Blue Note’s entire history, will be announced shortly.