Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression - The Singles Collection

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression - The Singles Collection


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One of several projects and events undertaken during Blue Note's 75th anniversary celebration, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression - The Singles Collection is a five-disc box compiled from the label's history. Producers Richard Havers and Tim Breach undertook a Sisyphean task here. Blue Note issued hundreds of singles in both 78 and 45 rpms from its founding in 1939 through the latter heydays of the late '70s, and continues to release them in various formats in the 21st century. It was impossible to satisfy anyone who had more than a cursory interest in the label, let alone everyone, in only 75 tracks. Perhaps the least argumentative disc here is the first, From Boogie to Bop 1939-1953, which contains not only the earliest label sides cut by Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Sidney Bechet, but also Art Hodes, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Dorham, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, and Bud Powell, to name a few. The second disc, Messengers, Preachers and Hard Bop, becomes controversial. There are wonderful selections: Clifford Brown's "Brownie Speaks" with Lou Donaldson, John Coltrane's "Blue Trane, Pt. 1," Sonny Rollins' "Decision," and Jimmy Smith's killer reading of Dmitri Tiomkin's "The High and the Mighty" among them. One has to wonder why Silver's classic "Señor Blues" is presented in its vocal version with Bill Henderson, and why there are two Art Blakey percussion-only selections. Disc three's Struttin', Moanin' and Something Else 1958-1960 covers the glory years of hard bop with almost consistently fine selections by Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, Jackie McLean, and more, but here again, there is another Henderson appearance -- "Ain't No Use" with Smith's trio -- while more worthy singles were omitted. The Bossa Blues and Hits 1961-1965 disc is too limited in scope. Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Green, and Herbie Hancock are here (his "Watermelon Man" is, while "Maiden Voyage" isn't), among others. That said, it is inexcusable that Wayne Shorter and Bobby Hutcherson -- to name just two -- are not. The final volume, Can You Dig It? 1953-2014, feels rushed and almost schizoid as it tries to include "everything else." There are great soul-jazz and funk jams by Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Donald Byrd, and Bobbi Humphrey, as well as smoother pop sounds from Bobby McFerrin, Norah Jones, and Rosanne Cash. A massive label typo reverses Cassandra Wilson's reading of "I Can't Stand the Rain" with Dianne Reeves' "Better Days." The hybrid sounds of hip-hop, neo-soul, and jazz are represented by Us3, Robert Glasper, José James, Gregory Porter, and Derrick Hodge. Despite quirky track selections and glaring omissions, most of what's here is excellent and the compilers have done an admirable if sometimes quizzical job in representing just how important Blue Note was -- and remains -- to formulating the role of jazz in popular music. The package also contains a booklet with a historical essay by Havers and a slew of excellent photos by the iconic Francis Wolff.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0600753550939
catalogNumber: 5355093
Rank: 74100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Guitar,Violin,Group Member
Ray Conniff   Trombone,Group Member
Lalah Hathaway   Violin,Group Member
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Walter Bishop   Piano,Group Member
Tina Brooks   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Group Member
Ray Bryant   Piano,Group Member
Joe Chambers   Drums,Group Member
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Sonny Clark   Piano,Group Member
Buck Clayton   Trumpet,Group Member
Junior Cook   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Tadd Dameron   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Group Member
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet,Group Member
Kenny Drew   Piano,Group Member
George Duke   Synthesizer,Piano,Group Member
Art Farmer   Trumpet,Group Member
Curtis Fuller   Trombone,Group Member
Gil Fuller   Group Member
Babs Gonzales   Vocals,Group Member
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Grant Green   Guitar,Group Member
Tiny Grimes   Guitar,Group Member
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Group Member
Barry Harris   Piano,Group Member
Gene Harris   Piano,Group Member
Louis Hayes   Drums,Group Member
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Bill Henderson   Vocals,Group Member
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Billy Higgins   Drums,Group Member
Earl Hines   Piano
Art Hodes   Piano,Group Member
Elmo Hope   Piano,Group Member
Bobbi Humphrey   Flute,Vocals,Group Member
Milt Jackson   Piano,Vibes,Group Member
Hank Jones   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Jo Jones   Group Member
Philly Joe Jones   Drums,Group Member
Sam Jones   Bass,Group Member
Duke Jordan   Piano,Group Member
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet,Group Member
Wynton Kelly   Piano,Group Member
Kamau Kenyatta   Group Member
Pete La Roca   Drums,Group Member
Ronnie Laws   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
John Lewis   Piano,Group Member
Herbie Mann   Flute,Group Member
Bobby McFerrin   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Charles Mingus   Bass,Group Member
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet,Group Member
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Lee Morgan   Trumpet,Group Member
Fats Navarro   Trumpet,Group Member
Horace Parlan   Piano,Group Member
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Oscar Pettiford   Bass,Group Member
Bud Powell   Piano,Group Member
Ike Quebec   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Dizzy Reece   Trumpet,Group Member
Max Roach   Drums,Group Member
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Joe Sample   Piano,Group Member
Marlena Shaw   Vocals,Group Member
Woody Shaw   Trumpet,Group Member
Horace Silver   Piano,Group Member
James Spaulding   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Art Taylor   Drums,Group Member
Bobby Timmons   Piano,Group Member
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Doug Watkins   Bass,Group Member
Cassandra Wilson   Violin,Group Member
Danny Alvin   Drums,Group Member
Dave Burns   Group Member
King Errisson   Conductor,Conga,Background Vocals,Group Member
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Tommy Potter   Bass,Group Member
Chuck Rainey   Bass,Electric Bass,Group Member
George Tucker   Bass,Group Member
Ray Crawford   Guitar,Group Member
Roger Glenn   Flute,Alto Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
Thornel Schwartz   Guitar,Group Member
Roland Bautista   Guitar,Group Member
David T. Walker   Guitar,Group Member
Howard McGhee   Trumpet,Group Member
Dave Carey   Percussion,Group Member
Jimmy Garrison   Bass,Group Member
Chano Pozo   Conga,Vocals,Group Member
Teddy Bunn   Guitar,Group Member
Butch Warren   Bass,Group Member
Rudy Williams   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Trummy Young   Trombone,Group Member
Harewood   Drums,Group Member
McKibbon   Bass,Group Member
Gene Ramey   Bass,Group Member
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Group Member
John Hardee   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Percy Heath   Bass,Group Member
Clifford Jarvis   Drums,Group Member
Israel Crosby   Bass
Jymie Merritt   Bass,Group Member
McCoy Tyner   Piano,Group Member
Lee Abrams   Drums,Group Member
Bob Babbitt   Electric Bass,Group Member
Baby Face Willette   Organ,Group Member
Donald Bailey   Drums,Group Member
Sidney Bechet   Soprano Saxophone,Group Member
Art Blakey   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Nelson Boyd   Bass,Group Member
Ron Brown   Electric Bass,Group Member
Donald Byrd   Trumpet,Violin,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Group Member
Jimmy Butts   Bass,Group Member
Martha Caplin   Violin,Group Member
James Carter   Group Member
Big Sid Catlett   Drums,Group Member
Mike Cavanaugh   Electric Piano,Clavinet,Group Member
Paul Chambers   Bass,Group Member
Kenny Clarke   Drums,Group Member
Joe Clayton   Conga,Tambourine,Flexatones,Group Member
Rod Cless   Clarinet,Group Member
Gil Coggins   Piano,Group Member
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Group Member
Chip Crawford   Piano,Group Member
Ben Dixon   Drums,Group Member
Lou Donaldson   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Vibes,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Bill Dowdy   Drums,Group Member
Charlie Freeman   Guitar,Group Member
Jerry Friedman   Guitar,Group Member
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Bennie Green   Trombone,Group Member
Roy Haynes   Drums,Group Member
J.C. Heard   Drums,Group Member
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Group Member
Milt Hinton   Bass,Group Member
Lex Humphries   Drums,Group Member
Roger Humphries   Drums,Group Member
Sid Jacobs   Bass,Group Member
J.J. Johnson   Trombone,Group Member
Osie Johnson   Drums,Group Member
Keg Johnson   Trombone,Group Member
Musa Kaleem   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Eddie Khan   Bass,Group Member
John Leventhal   Organ,Guitar,Violin,Group Member
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano,Celeste,Group Member
Wendell Marshall   Bass,Group Member
Sabu Martinez   Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Group Member
Harvey Mason   Drums,Group Member
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Group Member
Jack McDuff   Organ,Group Member
Jeff Mironov   Group Member
Fonce Mizell   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals,Clavinet,Group Member
Larry Mizell   Piano,Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Thelonious Monk   Piano,Group Member
Marlowe Morris   Piano,Group Member
Clint Mosley   Electric Bass,Group Member
Pino Palladino   Bass,Group Member
Big John Patton   Organ,Group Member
Freddie Perren   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Jerry Peters   Piano,Electric Piano,Group Member
Gerard Presencer   Trumpet,Group Member
Lance Quinn   Group Member
Dianne Reeves   Violin,Group Member
John Rowin   Guitar,Group Member
Curly Russell   Bass,Group Member
Skip Scarborough   Piano,Group Member
Jerry Segal   Drums,Group Member
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Charles Simon   Drums,Group Member
Mel Simpson   Keyboards,Group Member
Jimmy Smith   Organ,Group Member
Stephanie Spruill   Percussion,Group Member
Stokley   Percussion,Group Member
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet,Group Member
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Group Member
Harold Vick   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Danny Quebec West   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Chris Whiteley   Guitar,Group Member
Geoff Wilkinson   Sampling,Group Member
Elmon Wright   Trumpet,Group Member
Jimmy Young   Drums,Group Member
Bert de Coteaux   Keyboards,Group Member
Wesley Landers   Drums,Group Member
Carlos Martin   Conga,Group Member
Jay Arnold   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Donald Best   Violin,Group Member
Howard Bowe   Trombone,Group Member
Mayuto Correa   Percussion,Group Member
Sammy Greason   Drums,Group Member
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Choir Director
Sarah Adams   Viola,Group Member
Kay Haith   Violin,Group Member
Jesse Harris   Guitar,Group Member
Johnny Williams   Bass,Group Member
Grachan Moncur   Bass,Group Member
RIck DePofi   Percussion,Violin,Group Member
Pee Wee Tinney   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ernie Thompson   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Ricky Williams   Group Member
Evilio Quintero   Maracas,Log Drums,Bass Concerto,Group Member
Charles "Specs" Wright   Drums,Group Member
McKinley Durham   Trumpet
Bazeley Perry   Drums,Group Member
Casey Benjamin   Synthesizer,Vocoder,Group Member
Derrick Hodge   Bass,Group Member
Rahsaan Kelly   Vocals,Group Member
George Bohanon   Trombone,Group Member
Norah Jones   Piano,Violin,Group Member
Dan Reiser   Drums,Group Member
Robert Glasper   Piano,Group Member
Eddie Nicholson   Drums,Group Member
Hen Gates Foreman   Piano,Group Member
José James   Violin,Group Member
LaVerne Barker   Bass,Group Member
Billy Smith   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Chris Dave   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Jahi Sundance   Turntables,Group Member
Roger Ramirez   Piano,Group Member
Eddy Williams   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Mark Shuman   Cello,Group Member
American String Quartet   Violin,Group Member
Raymond Brown   Trumpet,Group Member
Freddie Washington   Bass,Group Member
Gregory Porter   Violin,Group Member
Sophia Kessinger   Violin,Group Member
George Butcher   Keyboards,Group Member
Corey King   Trombone,Group Member
Andrew Simpkins   Bass,Group Member
Alan Hampton   Guitar,Violin,Group Member
Art Phipps   Bass,Group Member
Curtis Taylor   Trumpet,Group Member
Tyree Glenn   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Takuya Kuroda   Flute,Trumpet,Group Member
Tivon Pennicott   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Aaron James   Bass,Group Member
Ronnie Matthews   Piano,Group Member
Ted Sommer   Percussion,Group Member
Yosuke Sato   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Emanuel Harrold   Drums,Group Member
Rickey Lawson   Drums,Group Member
Gene Taylor   Bass,Group Member
Lee Alexander   Bass,Group Member
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Group Member
Jake Leventhal   Percussion,Violin,Group Member
Craig McCullen   Guitar,Group Member
Umbaldo Nieto   Timbales,Group Member
Tim Luntzvel   Bass,Group Member
Steve Guttierez   Drums,Group Member
Jose Valiente   Conga,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Rosanne Cash   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Tina Brooks   Composer
Clifford Brown   Composer
Sonny Clark   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger
Miles Davis   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Gil Fuller   Arranger
Babs Gonzales   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Grant Green   Composer
Tiny Grimes   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Kamau Kenyatta   Arranger
Ronnie Laws   Composer
Bobby McFerrin   Composer
Hank Mobley   Composer
James Moody   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Fats Navarro   Composer
Leo Parker   Composer
Duke Pearson   Arranger
Oscar Pettiford   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Dizzy Reece   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Stanley Turrentine   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Howard McGhee   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Art Blakey   Composer
Donald Bryant   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
James Carter   Whistle
Kurt Cobain   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Chip Crawford   Arranger
Eddie Durham   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
John Leventhal   Composer
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Composer
Jack McDuff   Composer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Fonce Mizell   Composer
Larry Mizell   Arranger,Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Pino Palladino   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Dianne Reeves   Composer
Mel Simpson   Composer,Programming
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Harold Vick   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Geoff Wilkinson   Composer,Programming
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger
Jason Mizell   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Jesse Harris   Composer
Chuck Davis   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Evilio Quintero   Wood
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Tony Lorrich   Composer
Babs Brown   Composer
Derrick Hodge   Arranger,Composer
Rahsaan Kelly   Composer
Richard Havers   Liner Notes
Robert Glasper   Arranger,Producer
Matt Read   Art Direction
José James   Composer
Richard Spaven   Composer
Joseph Oliver   Composer
Gregory Porter   Arranger,Composer
L. Kirkland   Composer
Fin Greenall   Composer
Takuya Kuroda   Arranger
Bob Haggard   Composer
William Fulton Jeffries   Composer
Alexander Distel   Composer
Robert Taylor   Composer
Paul Allen   Composer
Grant Windsor   Composer
Vicky Arnold   Composer
Leo Garrett   Composer

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