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New Book Looks At History Of Blue Note Records

A 400 page hardcover book is set to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jazz’s most beloved label. 

Taking its name from the mission statement set out by label founder Alfred Lion, ‘Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years Of The Finest In Jazz” takes an illustrated look at the storied history of Blue Note Records – the seminal Jazz institution responsible for release from the likes of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. The book promises to trace not only the sonic evolution of the label from “the boogie woogie and hot jazz of the 1930s, through bebop, hard-bop, the avant-garde and fusion”, up until the present day – but also to present, “a complex social history from the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the developments in music and technology in the late 20th century.”

Written by Richard Havers, who co-authored last year’s authoritative Jazz history ‘Verve: The Sound of America’, alongside Herbie Hancock, the tome will feature forewords from saxophonist Wayne Shorter, contemporary pianist Robert Glasper and Don Was, the current president of Blue Note. Also included will be classic album artwork from the late Reid Miles, photography from Blue Note co-owner Francis Woolf and reviews of seventy five of the label’s most important releases.

‘Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: 75 Years Of The Finest In Jazz’ will be published by Thomas and Hudson Ltd 3rd November. Pre-order it here

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