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Blue Note Re:imagined II

    Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents.

    Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

    “For more than eight decades the artists of Blue Note Records have continually pushed the envelope of contemporary music, and Blue Note Re:imagined II once again honours that legacy by letting the UK’s most creative young artists reinvent the treasures of the Blue Note catalogue through their own lens.” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Yazz Ahmed - It (Chick Correa)
    2. Conor Albert - You Make Me Feel So Good (Bobbi Humphrey)
    3. Parthenope - Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
    4. Swindle - Miss Kane (Donald Byrd)
    5. Nubiyan Twist - Through The Noise (Chant No.2) (Donald Byrd)
    6. Ego Ella May - Morning Side Of Love (Chico Hamilton)
    7. Oscar Jerome - Green With Envy (Grant Green)
    8. Daniel Casimir Ft. Rita Moran - Lost (Wayne Shorter)
    9. Theon Cross - Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk)
    10. Maya Delilah - Harvest Moon (Cassandra Wilson)
    11. Kay Young - Feel Like Making Love (Marlena Shaw)
    12. Venna & Marco - Where Are We Going (Donald Byrd)
    13. Reuben James - Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
    14. Binker Golding - Fort Worth (Joe Lovano)
    15. Cherise - Sunrise (Norah Jones)
    16. Franc Moody - Cristo Redentor (Donald Byrd)

    Ego Ella May / Theon Cross

    Morning Side Of Love / Epistrophy

      Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. This 7” single features two covers from the upcoming album, from Ego Ella May and Theon Cross. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

      Ornette Coleman

      Round Trip

        iconoclastic saxophonist and composer ornette coleman shook the jazz world when he arrived at the five spot café in new york city in 1959 and began his run of seminal albums on atlantic that laid the foundation for the free jazz movement to come.

        after a period of disillusionment during which he withdrew from public music making, coleman re-emerged on blue note in 1966 and began writing an intriguing new chapter of his legendary career. the boxset round trip: ornette coleman on blue note presents all-analog 180g tone poet vinyl editions of all six albums featuring coleman that were recorded for blue note records, including his five albums as a leader—the two-volume at the ‘golden circle’ stockholm (1965), the empty foxhole (1966), new york is now! (1968), and love call (1968)—as well as his lone sideman appearance on new and old gospel (1967) by fellow saxophonist jackie mclean. the boxset includes a booklet featuring rare photos and an enlightening essay by critic thomas conrad. the tone poet audiophile vinyl reissue series is produced by joe harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues packaged in deluxe stoughton printing “old style” gatefold tip-on jackets. mastering is by kevin gray (cohearent audio), and vinyl is manufactured at record technology incorporated (rti).

        Norah Jones

        Come Away With Me - 2022 Reissue

          “One of the best debut albums of all time” – Rolling Stone

          Come Away With Me, released in 2002 by a young, unknown singer on a traditionally un-pop label, was a unique blend of jazz, blues, country, folk and pop – and lifted off beyond imagination. To date, the album has sold nearly 30 million times, and has garnered multiple awards, including no less than eight Grammys®. This coming February marks this landmark album’s 20th anniversary and, to celebrate, Blue Note/UMe has worked with the artist and her team on a special collection that will reveal for the first time the full story of the making of this now-classic album.

          4-LP & 3-CD DELUXE EDITIONS INCLUDE:
          New remastering of Norah’s legendary debut album
          22 unreleased tracks: demos, session outtakes, alternate versions & mixes
          Norah’s earliest demos—the tracks that got Blue Note’s attention, and the demos she recorded for the label—some of which were released on the promo-only EP First Sessions
          The full previously-unreleased original version of the album—including 11 unreleased cuts—produced by Craig Street and now newly-mixed by Tony Maserati, with alternate versions of well-known tracks and unheard performances
          Premium packaging with an extensive booklet featuring new liner notes by Norah, rare session photos and detailed track annotations

          ALSO AVAILABLE:
          Newly remastered standalone 1-LP includes original gatefold packaging and brief liner notes from Norah, exclusive to this release
          Newly remastered 1-CD jewelcase with liner notes from Norah
          Dolby Atmos release of The Demos, First Sessions EP, and the Allaire Sessions

          TRACK LISTING

          Standard Tracklisting
          1. Don’t Know Why (Side A)
          2. Seven Years (Side A)
          3. Cold Cold Heart (Side A)
          4. Feellin’ The Same Way (Side A)
          5. Come Away With Me (Side A)
          6. Shoot The Moon (Side A)
          7. Turn Me On (Side A)
          8. Lonestar (Side B)
          9. I’ve Got To See You Again (Side B)
          10. Painter Song (Side B)
          11. One Flight Down (Side B)
          12. Nightingale (Side B)
          13. The Long Day Is Over (Side B)
          14. The Nearness Of You (Side B)

          Deluxe CD Tracklist
          CD 1 | Come Away With Me - 20th Anniversary Remaster
          1. Don’t Know Why
          2. Seven Years
          3. Cold Cold Heart
          4. Feelin’ The Same Way
          5. Come Away With Me
          6. Shoot The Moon
          7. Turn Me On
          8. Lonestar
          9. I’ve Got To See You Again
          10. Painter Song
          11. One Flight Down
          12. Nightingale
          13. The Long Day Is Over
          14. The Nearness Of You
          CD 2 | The Demos / First Sessions Outtakes / First Sessions EP
          1. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
          2. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
          3. World Of Trouble
          4. The Only Time
          5. I Didn’t Know About You
          6. Something Is Calling You Tabla Version
          7. Just Like A Dream Today
          8. When Sunny Gets Blue
          9. What Am I To You
          10. Hallelujah I Love Him So
          11. Daydream
          12. Don’t Know Why
          13. Come Away With Me
          14. Something Is Calling You
          15. Turn Me On
          16. Lonestar
          17. Peace
          Tracks 1-11 Previously Unreleased
          Tracks 12-17 Previously Released As The Promo-only First Sessions EP
          CD 3 | The Allaire Sessions
          1. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
          2. I’ve Got To See You Again *
          3. What Would I Do
          4. Come Away With Me*
          5. Picture In A Frame**
          6. Nightingale*
          7. Peace*
          8. What Am I To You*
          9. Painter Song*
          10. Turn Me On*
          11. A Little At A Time
          12. One Flight Down*
          13. Fragile
          * Alternate Version
          ** Alternate Mix
          All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” And “Picture In A Frame”
          Original Recordings Produced By Jesse Harris, Todd Horton, Norah Jones, Jay Newland, Arif Mardin, & Craig Street
          20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition: Produced By Eli Wolf

          Super Deluxe 4LP Tracklisting:
          LP 1 | Come Away With Me - 20th Anniversary Remaster
          Side A
          Don’t Know Why
          Seven Years
          Cold Cold Heart
          Feelin’ The Same Way
          Come Away With Me
          Shoot The Moon
          Turn Me On
          Side B
          Lonestar
          I’ve Got To See You Again
          Painter Song
          One Flight Down
          Nightingale
          The Long Day Is Over
          The Nearness Of You

          LP 2 | The Demos
          Side A
          Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
          Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
          World Of Trouble
          The Only Time
          I Didn’t Know About You
          Side B
          Something Is Calling You Tabla Version
          Just Like A Dream Today
          When Sunny Gets Blue
          What Am I To You
          Hallelujah I Love Him So
          Daydream

          LP 3 | First Sessions EP
          Side A
          Don’t Know Why
          Come Away With Me
          Something Is Calling You
          Side B
          Turn Me On
          Lonestar
          Peace
          Previously Released As A Promo-only CD

          LP4 | The Allaire Sessions
          Side A
          I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
          I’ve Got To See You Again *
          What Would I Do
          Come Away With Me *
          Picture In A Frame **
          Nightingale *
          Side B
          Peace *
          What Am I To You *
          Painter Song *
          Turn Me On *
          A Little At A Time
          One Flight Down *
          Fragile
          * Alternate Version
          ** Alternate Mix
          All Tracks Previously Unreleased Except “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” And “Picture In A Frame”

          Original Recordings Produced By Jesse Harris, Todd Horton, Norah Jones, Jay Newland, Arif Mardin, & Craig Street

          20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition: Produced By Eli Wolf

          GoGo Penguin

          RMX

            Cooked up in the Blue Note Lab, RMX presents last year’s band-defining masterpiece, GoGo Penguin, re-imagined through the filter of some of the world’s finest producers and remixers. For RMX the idea was both simple and inspired; commission a remix of every track from last year’s album and present a total re-imagination of the record, a remix, or as the band title it, a RMX. In the end they went one better; with a remix of every track (and two of one) plus a remix of the track Petit_a, which was originally released only in Japan before surfacing on their Live from Studio 2 digital EP. The idea behind RMX was also the catalyst for a remarkably inspired collaboration. The Manchester trio's music has always drawn heavily on electronica (alongside jazz, indie and classical influences) and so commissioning ten of their favourite artists to rework their music made perfect sense - and the results are spectacular. One of the very best remix projects you will hear anywhere. Amongst the many highlights are Squarepusher’s thumping remix of F Maj Pixie, alongside Japanese producers Cornelius and Yosi creating sublime new landscapes with the band’s music on Kora and Embers. James Holden assembles an epic synth odyssey around Totem and Portico Quartet produce a sympathetic reworking of Don’t Go. Band faves Clark and Nathan Fake produce inimitable reworkings as does noted French producer Rone, while American producer Machine Drum turns Atomised into dance floor friendly ‘belter’ which is also the first single. Finally, the band have not forgotten their hometown - Manchester is well represented, with remixes from elder statesman and dance music legend Graham Massey (808 state) and new discovery Shunya, whose enigmatic reworking of To The Nth almost steals the record.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: You only need look at the lineup for this to get some idea of how far GGP have come. From their early days as mellow jazz underdogs to their staggering newest LP for the legendary Blue Note records, they've proven their undeniable talent at every turn. This project sees a number of stratospherically big names remixing their work with incredible results. Stunning.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Kora (Cornelius Remix)
            2. Atomised (Machinedrum Remix)
            3. Embers (Yosi Horikawa Remix)
            4. F Major Pixie (Rone Remix)
            5. F Major Pixie (Squarepusher Remix)
            6. Open (Nathan Fake Remix)
            7. Signal In The Noise (808 State Remix)
            8. Totem (James Holden Remix)
            9. To The Nth (Shunya Remix)
            10. Petit_a (Clark Remix)
            11. Don’t Go (Portico Quartet Remix)

            All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

            When did Tony Allen’s There Is No End become my album of the year? July 24th, Night & Day cafe, DJing. I had just put needle to groove on “Rich Black”, naively unprepared for the bass to meet the bar’s booming soundsystem - and then it HIT! The dancefloor was probably fearing for its life, but I was in love.

            A collaborative hip hop masterpiece, There Is No End has a real exploratory feel to it, which (as Allen’s spoken word introduction points out) is the whole purpose of the album - to push, to innovate, and to move, through music. With various up-and-coming singers, rappers, and poets lending their talents to each song, the tracklist reads like a supergroup of Next Big Things: there’s Lava La Rue’s no-nonsense flow and controlled beauty, The Koreatown Oddity’s comic images and hard-hitting home truths, Ben Okri’s inspired mess of creationist myths, fairytale tropes, and apocalyptic visions, and Sampa the Great’s unnerving, vocoded whisper loops - and that's just a fraction of the mavericks on mic duty here.

            All this is to say nothing of the drumming. “Brilliant” would be a gross understatement of just how diverse and original Allen’s beats are - by turns claustrophobic, metronomic, wild, and stuttering, the drums make each song as distinct and… well, brilliant, as the vocals do. Throw swampy bass synths, thickly affected backing vox, and a smorgasbord of tuned percussion into the mix, and what you get is There Is No End: a dizzying swan-song by one of music’s great innovators, and a glimpse into hip-hop’s bright, bright future.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: There are very few drummers (no shade on drummers here) that would be well known of their own accord like Tony Allen is. Having been consistently inventive and undeniably brilliant throughout his life all the way up to his 2020 masterpiece with Hugh Massakela, 'Rejoice', it's really no surprise that this Posthumous release is chock-full of wonderful rhythmic surprises, and has a lineup of perfectly chosen guests. A fittingly wonderful album from one of the greatest (and original) Afrobeat drummers of all time.

            TRACK LISTING

            CD (14 Tracks)
            Tony’s Praeludium
            Tony Allen

            Stumbling Down
            Tony Allen Featuring Sampa The Great

            Crushed Grapes
            Tony Allen Featuring Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon

            Très Magnifique
            Tony Allen Featuring Tsunami

            Mau Mau
            Tony Allen Featuring Nah Eeto

            Coonta Kinte
            Tony Allen Featuring Zelooperz

            Rich Black
            Tony Allen Featuring Koreatown Oddity

            One Inna Million
            Tony Allen Featuring Lava La Rue

            Gang On Holiday (Em I Go We?)
            Tony Allen Featuring Jeremiah Jae

            Deer In Headlights
            Tony Allen Featuring Danny Brown

            Hurt Your Soul
            Tony Allen Featuring Nate Bone

            My Own
            Tony Allen Featuring Marlowe

            Cosmosis
            Tony Allen Featuring Ben Okri + Skepta

            There’s No End
            Tony Allen

            2LP (12 Tracks)
            There Is No End
            Tony Allen

            Rich Black
            Tony Allen Featuring Koreatown Oddity

            Coonta Kinte
            Tony Allen Featuring Zelooperz

            One Inna Million
            Tony Allen Featuring Lava La Rue

            Stumbling Down
            Tony Allen Featuring Sampa The Great

            Crushed Grapes
            Tony Allen Featuring Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon

            Gang On Holiday (Em I Go We?)
            Tony Allen Featuring Jeremiah Jae

            Mau Mau
            Tony Allen Featuring Nah Eeto

            Très Magnifique
            Tony Allen Featuring Tsunami

            Hurt Your Soul
            Tony Allen Featuring Nate Bone

            Cosmosis
            Tony Allen Featuring Ben Okri + Skepta

            My Own
            Tony Allen Featuring Marlowe

            Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

            Just Coolin'

              Blue Note Records release Just Coolin’, a never-before-released studio album by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers that was recorded on March 8, 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. The session featured a short-lived line-up of The Jazz Messengers with drummer Art Blakey, trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. 

              The session for Just Coolin’ finds The Jazz Messengers’ saxophone chair in transition. The band had last recorded in October 1958 when they cemented their place in jazz history with the classic album Moanin’ featuring Benny Golson on tenor saxophone. By July 1959, Blakey had recruited tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter who would remain a fixture of the band until 1964.

              The interim saw the return of Mobley, who was a charter member of The Jazz Messengers when the band first formed in 1954 and appeared on their debut recording The Jazz Messengers At The Café Bohemia in 1955. Mobley also filled an important role as the band’s resident composer. In fact, three of the six tracks on Just Coolin’ were written by Mobley: “Hipsippy Blues,” “M&M,” and “Just Coolin’.”

              However, five weeks after the studio session Blue Note founder and producer Alfred Lion decided to record the band again at the legendary club Birdland in New York City on April 15, 1959, capturing an assured live recording that included four of the six titles that had been recorded in March. The Birdland sessions ended up superseding the studio date when Lion instead released the two-volume live album Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers At The Jazz Corner Of The World later that year.

              “In 2020, it’s great to find more Morgan, Mobley and Timmons in their prime,” writes Bob Blumenthal in the liner notes for Just Coolin’. “The music had clearly settled in during the month that separated studio and live versions, but the fire of these six tracks has an appeal of its own.”

              Now, 61 years later jazz fans all over the world will have the chance to listen for themselves.

              TRACK LISTING

              SIDE 1
              1. Hipsippy Blues (Hank Mobley)
              2. Close Your Eyes (Bernice Petkere)
              3. Jimerick (unknown)

              SIDE 2
              1. Quick Trick (Bobby Timmons)
              2. M&M (Hank Mobley)
              3. Just Coolin’ (Hank Mobley)

              GoGo Penguin

              GoGo Penguin

                When a musical ensemble chooses to self-title an album mid-career, it usually signifies their conviction that they’ve struck upon the motherlode, hit the jackpot, stepped up and generally arrived at a point they’ve always striven for but never quite attained before.

                Coming from GoGo Penguin at this stage in the game, it’s quite a bold statement: the instrumental trio from Manchester, England have fielded plaudits and rave reviews for inspiration and originality at every turn since 2013,when they settled on their dream line-up of Chris Illingworth (piano), Rob Turner (drums) and Nick Blacka (bass).

                Fusing jazz, classical and electronic influences(amongst others) with a thirst for innovation, they’ve been garlanded as makers of one of the Mercury Prize album of the year (in ’14) and have enjoyed success on record and in the live arena matched by precious few vocal-free groups post-millennium.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. 1_# 2.02
                2. Atomised 4.23
                3. Signal In The Noise 6.09
                4. Open 4.46
                5. F Maj Pixie 5.49
                6. Kora 5.33
                7. Totem 3.54
                8. Embers 3.00
                9. To The Nth 4.34
                10. Don’t Go 3.38

                Shop favourites (2016 end-of-year chart high-rollers) Gogo Penguin return for their latest outing on legendary jazz label, Blue Note. The thing about Gogo penguin is, they're a jazz band, but without all the things you'd associate with a jazz band. The beards are as few as their years, and the chin-stroking is not only minimal, but actively discouraged. Their last outing (the stunning 'Man Made Object') mixed the subtle downtempo percussion and slowly unfurling progressions of traditional jazz with tender, minimalistic electronics and ambient textures reminiscent of modern-classical contemporaries liberally littered around the Erased Tapes roster.

                Whilst their compositions are completely instrumental, there seems to be a wealth of outside influence making itself known through the phrasing and keys used. While 2015 / 2016 were in no way dream years for society in general, it was clear that there was a playfulness in their delivery of songs like 'Quiet Mind' (incidentally, this particular piece reminded me of the other 'Penguin' band, no bad thing).

                As soon as we finish the frenetic buzzing and claustrophobic atmospheres of 'Prayer', it becomes clear that the rather torrid world climate has indeed osmosed into their compositions, swapping out the languid bobbing atmospheres of yesteryear for a highly charged, powerfully visceral sound experience. While the melodic counterpoints are as ever, impeccably realised (and perfectly accentuated by Turner's mindblowing skin-smacking), the euphoric peak is often hidden behind a flurry of call-response dialogue, the peak only being reached through an intentionally laboured conversational swell.

                While throughout the album, the simmering malaise invariably breaks through into a grand and sweeping relief, it is in pieces like 'A Hundred Moons' that we get the full-force of their compositional genius, breaking through the residual gloom with airy, tropical percussion and a cleansing palate of major-key lifts and twinkling plucks. Without waxing lyrical about every song in turn, there really isn't much more that can be said, you'll just have to listen to it yourself. Truth of the matter is, Gogo Penguin are one of a kind, and continue to pioneer their own spellbinding brand of electronic jazz. 


                It’s been an astonishing couple of years for GoGo Penguin, the UK trio of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth. Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen their 2014 album 'v2.0' shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin, GoGo Penguin has created a brave new sound that is wholly their own.

                Now signed to iconic jazz label Blue Note Records the trio release their new album. 'Man Made Object is the sound of a band confidently pursuing their own path. “The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation,” says pianist Illingworth, a statement that begs for elaboration. “We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanized and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.”

                Indeed, although they're predominately an acoustic piano trio, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, one where you can hear arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding bass lines and a rumbling low-end. It has been described as “acoustic electronica”, a term which perfectly sums up their modus operandi. “Many of the songs on this album started out as electronic compositions that I made on sequencing software like Logic or Ableton,” says drummer Turner. “I’ll then play it to the band and we’ll find ways of replicating it acoustically.”

                TRACK LISTING

                1 All Res 5:16
                2 Unspeakable World 4:44
                3 Branches Break 4:23
                4 Weird Cat 5:39
                5 Quiet Mind 4:24
                6 Smarra 6:31
                7 Initiate 4:47
                8 GBFISYSIH 3:22
                9 Surrender To Mountain 3:59
                10 Protest 4:45
                11 Fading : Feighning 5.05

                Albert Ammons

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                  2 track 12" on Blue Note

                  Limited to 200 copies.


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