Every so often the current powers that be at Blue Note gather several marquee artists, not all of them necessarily on the label’s roster, put them in a studio together and let them loose with the intent of bowing to the company’s storied history. In 2009 it was the Blue Note 7, a one-shot that included Ravi Coltrane, Bill Charlap and others. Before that, in 1995, a collective calling itself the Blue Note All Stars (Tim Hagans, Greg Osby, etc.) cut another one-off.
There are no holdovers on Our Point of View. These Blue Note All-Stars are luminaries of the present Don Was-run iteration of the label: Robert Glasper (keyboards), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (tenor saxophone), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).