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Blue Note Re:imagined – a rollercoaster tribute | The Guardian

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Blue Note Re:imagined – a rollercoaster tribute | The Guardian

Today’s jazz leaders pay eloquent dues to the New York label with youthful chat and elements of trip-hop

Kitty Empire, The Guardian

Jazz players frequently hold hands across the generations. This 16-track compilation finds today’s youthful, often London-based renaissance in dialogue with the revered New York label’s deep back catalogue. That conversation is both learned – these are strong players – and chatty. Respect for key texts by genre greats plays off against the hybrid vigour of the remix.

Varying moods and approaches make this reimagination a rollercoaster ride, but mostly in a good way. R&B singer Jorja Smith kicks off with a mere 20-year-old stripling, St Germain’s sampledelic Rose Rouge (2000), Smith emoting silkily up top, the band controversially taking the original’s fraught BPMs right down.


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Featured Image, ‘Flexing eloquently’: Nubya Garcia, one of the performers on Blue Note Re:imagined. Photograph: Adama Jalloh
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Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label owned by Universal Music Group and operated under Capitol Music Group. Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, it derived its name from the blue notes of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, the label switched its attention to modern jazz around 1947.

Historically, Blue Note has principally been associated with the “hard bop” style of jazz (mixing bebop with other forms of music including soul, blues, rhythm and blues and gospel), but also recorded essential albums in the avant-garde and free styles of jazz. Horace SilverJimmy SmithFreddie HubbardLee MorganArt BlakeyGrant GreenHank MobleyWayne ShorterBobby Hutcherson, and Jackie McLean were among the label’s leading artists. During its heyday, the 1950s and 1960s, the photography and graphic art of Reid Miles created a series of iconic album covers, often incorporating session photos by Wolff, which added to Blue Note’s artistic reputation.

Source – Blue Note Records (Updated: 20 September 2020) Wikipedia. Available at, (Accessed: 05 October 2020)