Various Artists

"The Best Of Blue Note"

(Blue Note); Jazz

By ​Phil ​Bennett

There are only a handful of record labels whose very name conjures up an instant recognition of the sounds within the grooves.

Chess, Sun and Stiff instantly remind you of Muddy Waters and the two Elvises because they’re the labels that spun round the turntable before you laid the needle down.

But you didn’t have to own a jazz record or dig the hard bop sounds to know what blue note was all about.
Succinctly named after those crafty little blue notes that made music jazzy and bluesy, the Blue Note label was established in 1939 and was responsible for recording and allowing the world to hear some of jazz’s most iconic artists.

This double cd comes out as part of the label’s 75th anniversary celebrations and, as an introduction to a world of grainy sepia soaked sounds, mournful tunes, swinging delights and some blowing and plucking that sizzles like fried eggs on a hot plate, this compilation is absolutely first rate.

From their debut single, the Sydney Bechet Quartet’s Summertime, right through a list of greats such as Thelonius Monk, Jimmy Smith and Sonny Rollins, right up to current ambassadors like Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson, this is one heck of a ride.

Grab it and hold on.

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​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.