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  • Latest Blue Note Classic Reissue Series Release Schedule

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

    Blue Note has announced the continuation of the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, which presents affordable 180g vinyl reissues in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray and manufactured at Optimal. The pressings are all-analog whenever an analog source is available, with Gray mastering directly from the original master tapes. While the first 16 titles of the series focused on the best-known Blue Note classics from the 1950s and 60s, the new run of titles curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman broadens its scope to span the many eras and styles of the legendary label’s eight-decade history presented by themes: Bebop, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, The 70s, The Rebirth, and Hidden Gems.

    From vibraphonist Milt Jackson’s late-1940s bebop sides with pianist Thelonious Monk to vocalist Cassandra Wilson’s expansive 1993 jazz/folk/blues masterpiece Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, the Classic Series fully represents Blue Note’s motto: The Finest In Jazz Since 1939. Upcoming highlights of the series include: a first-ever vinyl release of pianist Geri Allen’s excellent 1994 trio album Twenty One with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams; a first-time vinyl reissue of Detroit piano legend Kenny Cox’s 1968 debut Introducing Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet; and under-recognized pianist and composer Herbie Nichols’ two 10” LPs The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 recorded in 1955 will be reissued on a single 12” LP.

    On November 19, two timeless hard bop treasures produced by label founder Alfred Lion6 Pieces of Silver by the Horace Silver Quintetand The Big Beat by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers—will be paired with two classic 1975 productions by Larry MizellPlaces and Spaces by trumpeter Donald Byrd and a first-time vinyl reissue of Fancy Dancer by flutist Bobbi Humphrey. October 1 will see the first-time vinyl reissue of pianist Duke Pearson’s too-little-known holiday gem Merry Ole Soul, recorded in 1969 with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and percussionist Airto Moreira. Explore the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series on the Blue Note Store.

    “The sound on the first four releases in the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series is remarkably clear, allowing for top-notch dynamics,” wrote Bill Milkowski in The Absolute Sound. “The low end is outstanding, producing a warm, woody presence from the upright bass and a resounding depth in the low register of the piano, while the high notes issuing forth from trumpets and saxes are swathed in a very natural blanket of sound. Regarding the drum kit, the nuance of brushwork on the snare registers with clarity and adds an alluring quality to the mix. And the ride cymbal, the veritable heartbeat of these swinging jazz classics, rings out with authority… Overall, the sound is gorgeous on this Classic Vinyl Reissue Series.”

    Classic Vinyl Reissue Series – Release Schedule:

    October 1, 2021
    November 19, 2021 – Hard Bop
    November 19, 2021 – The 70s
    December 10, 2021 – Soul Jazz
    • Jimmy Smith – Home Cookin’ (1958)
    • Reuben Wilson – Love Bug (1969)

    December 10, 2021 – Hidden Gems
    • Herbie Nichols – The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (1955)
    • Kenny Cox – Introducing Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet (1968)

    January 21, 2022 – The Avant-Garde
    • Jackie McLean – Destination Out (1963)
    • Don Cherry – Where Is Brooklyn? (1966)

    February 18, 2022 – Post-Bop
    • Joe Henderson – Inner Urge (1964)
    • Lee Morgan – Caramba (1968)

    March 18, 2022 – The Rebirth
    • Cassandra Wilson – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn (1993)*
    • Geri Allen – Twenty One (1994)*

    April 15, 2022 – Bebop
    • Milt Jackson – Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet (1948-52)
    • Bud Powell – Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 4 (1958)

    *mastered from a digital source
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor,

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