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Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View (Blue Note)

Review of album featuring Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott

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Cover of Blue Note All-Stars album Our Point of View
Blue Note All-Stars album Our Point of View

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).

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