Jazz fans who are also Spotify subscribers probably can just say goodbye to their afternoon with the release of a new app from Blue Note Records.
The free app opens up the iconic jazz label's catalog in a way that allows a depth of exploration tough to achieve in the analog world. Fans can search through a variety of entry points, including chronological, style ("tradition," "groove" and "voices") or instrument.
Let's start with a straightforward search along a timeline that primarily breaks the label's output into four- to five-year chunks, which also functions as a mini-museum of the label's clean, evocative design aesthetic under the direction of Reid Miles since 1956.
It quickly becomes apparent why those short windows of time were required. The label produced a remarkable output, particularly from 1961 to '65, when every week it seemed the label was releasing a landmark album from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean and Andrew Hill. Paging through those albums is sometimes less an experience of browsing a record label's history and more one of exploring jazz itself.