January 24, 2009 |
From an artistic perspective, tribute concerts can be a dicey thing. By nature what they celebrate is past achievements, something a bit at odds with a genre that's as theoretically committed to evolution and forward-thinking improvisation as jazz. But if ever there was a label that deserved whatever kind of party it wants, it's 70-year-old Blue Note Records.
July 26, 2006 |
Blue Note Records, home to recordings by classic jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Chet Baker, has begun releasing select cuts from its trove of recordings for use on mobile phones. The move is part of an initiative by the label, a unit of Britain's EMI Music, called "The Best of Blue Tones," and marks the first time samples culled from the master recordings have been available for customizing mobile phone sounds.
January 20, 2004 |
A seismic shift takes place in the jazz world in March, when Wynton Marsalis -- perhaps the most visible living jazz artist in the world -- releases his first CD on the Blue Note label. After 20 years at Columbia Records, Marsalis is moving from a large label to a smaller label, from a multi-genre, primarily pop-oriented company to one of jazz's legendary imprints. Why leave a company that has released two dozen Marsalis albums over the last two decades?
January 13, 2002
Two important jazz books that Don Heckman failed to note (Jazz Spotlight, Jan. 6): a history of the Blue Note label by U.K. author Richard Cook titled "Blue Note Records--The Biography" (Secker & Warburg, London, 2001); and the long-anticipated biography of Chet Baker by New York author James Gavin, "Deep in a Dream," due in April from Random House. JAMES A. HARROD Laguna Beach
August 22, 1999 |
Horace Silver still has such a youthful look and such a playful manner that it's hard to believe that the pianist-composer will be 71 on Sept. 2. Equally remarkable is his tenure as a major jazz figure for five decades, virtually since his first appearance on the scene in 1950 as a member of Stan Getz's rhythm section, and that he continues to produce eminently appealing jazz.
April 4, 1999 |
With the neoclassic fascination--in some cases obsession--with jazz of the '40s and '50s beginning to wane, emerging young artists of the late '90s are finally beginning to seek their own pathways. And, lacking the presence of a major influential voice such as a John Coltrane or a Miles Davis, they are moving forward in an intrepid array of musical quests. At 31, with several albums already under his belt, Charlie Hunter is not exactly a new arrival.