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Blue Note Records

Artists:  Miles DavisJohn ColtraneBill EvansThelonious MonkChet BakerKurt EllingPaul ChambersGil EvansSonny RollinsRon CarterSidney BechetHerbie HancockDuke EllingtonBuddy RichWayne ShorterCharles MingusGregory PorterJim HallDjango ReinhardtElvin JonesHank MobleyTony WilliamsJohn ScofieldNancy WilsonCannonball AdderleyArt BlakeyChick CoreaCharlie ParkerDizzy GillespieMilt JacksonDonald ByrdTrombone ShortyDuke JordanMax RoachSarah VaughanClifford BrownFreddie HubbardTakuya KurodaDave KozRichard ElliotCassandra WilsonCharlie HadenDon CherryJohnny HartmanLarry YoungMcCoy TynerEarl KlughMaynard FergusonEliane EliasDinah WashingtonCharles LloydKenny BurrellBobby HutchersonPatricia BarberMarcus MillerJoe PassLee MorganGrant GreenDexter GordonSonny ClarkDr. Lonnie SmithBrian BladeOrnette ColemanJoe HendersonBobbi HumphreyNajeeDianne ReevesDave HollandLouis PrimaCecil TaylorHarry JamesBlue MitchellArt PepperGonzalo RubalcabaAmbrose AkinmusireJune ChristyBobby McFerrinRobert GlasperJimmy SmithStanley JordanRonnie LawsKenny DorhamAndrew HillLou DonaldsonTerence BlanchardNorah JonesBud PowellDerrick HodgeNat King ColeJackie McLeanJason MoranKenny DrewLouis HayesBooker ErvinJohnny GriffinHolly ColeSteven BernsteinGeorge ShearingStanley TurrentineJack CostanzoTina BrooksIke QuebecMichel PetruccianiAaron ParksNels ClineStan KentonStefon HarrisCurtis FullerRonny JordanJimmy McGriffHorace ParlanBaby Face WilletteJohn PattonGreg AdamsEverette HarpLeo ParkerJacky TerrassonSerge ChaloffVarious ArtistsLionel LouekeOtis Brown IIIMarcus StricklandSam RiversBenny CarterGrachan Moncur IIIRavi ColtraneLeo KottkeSheila JordanTony AllenElmo HopeJutta HippDon ByronCandido CameroMadlibKandace SpringsEric DariusJ.R. MonteroseGil MelleMarisa MonteSal SalvadorLogan RichardsonHenry ButlerThomas DybdahlJosé James Kenny BarronBill CharlapJoe LovanoDave DouglasKendrick ScottKendrick ScottEric DolphyHorace SilverChucho ValdésSandy StewartAnnie Lennox Ambrose AkinmusireDave McMurrayLucinda WilliamsJames FranciesJoel RossThe CrusadersGoGo PenguinThe Jazz CrusadersBossa RioMedeski Martin & WoodThe Three SoundsBlue Note All-StarsThe E-CollectiveR+R=NOW
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Blue Note Records was founded in 1939 by two German emigres - Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion. Arriving in New York the year before in one of the last boats to freedom from Germany, they brought with them an enthusiasm for swing music, stride piano and the new nascent sounds of bebop. The first 78s they produced were by pianists Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons and Earl Hines. Recordings by saxophonist Sidney Bechet and the Port of Harlem Jazz Men followed quickly. Tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec was also a talent scout for the label and encouraged them to embrace the new sounds of bebop, leading them to the music of pianist Thelonious Monk and the early iterations of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers while still recording some of the finest work by the more traditional artists on the label. By the early 1950s, they had fully embraced the young modernist players such as Miles Davis, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver, Bud Powell and Milt Jackson. Blue Note was an active label until they were purchased by Liberty Records in 1967 when Lion retired and Wolff's role was diminished. Liberty, part of United Artists, was acquired by EMI Records in 1967. The label was revived by president Bruce Lundvall at EMI/Capitol Records in 1985. It is still an influential label in the jazz industry, now headed by musician/producer Don Was.


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