The Blue Note Label

10" LPs - Modern Jazz 5000 Series

The Blue Note Modern Jazz Series began in late 1951 with the following 10" monaural LPs. Some of these LPs were later reissued as part of the Blue Note 1500 Series of 12" LPs. At first, recordings were made in various studios in New York (Reeves Sound Studio, WOR Studios, Apex Studios, Audio Video Studios). Beginning in October 1953, however, most Blue Note sessions took place in Rudy van Gelder's home studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Van Gelder moved the studio to Englewood Cliffs in early July 1959.) The sessions were produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Van Gelder, and many LP covers featured photographs by Lion's childhood friend Francis Wolff.

5001: Ike Quebec/Charlie Christian a.o. - Mellow the Mood (2/5/44, 6/18/44, 9/25/44, 7/17/45, 5/31/46, 1/31/55)
5002: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 (10/15/47, 11/21/47, 7/2/48) [1500 Series: BLP 1510/11]
5003: The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 (8/9/49, 5/1/51) [BLP 1503]
5004: Tadd Dameron/Fats Navarro - Fats Navarro Memorial Album (9/26/47, 9/13/48, 10/11/48, 8/8/49) [BLP 1531/32]
5005: James Moody with Strings conducted by Andre Hodier (7/13/51)
5006: James Moody and His Modernists (10/18/48, 10/25/48)
5007: Erroll Garner - Overture to Dawn, Volume 1 (12/14/44)
5008: Erroll Garner - Overture to Dawn, Volume 2 (12/26/44)
5009: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2 (10/15/47, 10/24/47, 11/21/47, 7/23/51) [BLP 1510/11]
5010: Max Roach/Kenny Dorham Quintet - New Sounds (12/22/47, 4/30/49, 5/15/49)
5011: Milt Jackson - Wizard of the Vibes (7/23/51, 4/7/52) [BLP 1509]
5012: Howard McGhee's All-Stars and McGhee/Navarro Boptet (1948, 1/23/50)
5013: Miles Davis - Young Man with a Horn (5/9/52) [BLP 1501/02]
5014: Erroll Garner - Overture to Dawn, Volume 3 (11/24/44, 12/23/44, 12/25/44)
5015: Erroll Garner - Overture to Dawn, Volume 4 (11/16/44, 12/20/44, 12/23/44, 12/25/44)
5016: Erroll Garner - Overture to Dawn, Volume 5 (12/14/44, 12/26/44)
5017: Dizzy Gillespie - Horn of Plenty (3/2/47, 4/11/52)
5018: Horace Silver Trio - New Faces, New Sounds (10/9/52, 10/20/52) [BLP 1520]
5019: The Swinging Swedes/The Cool Britons - New Sounds from the Old World (7/29/50, 9/5/51)
5020: Gil Melle Quintet/Sextet - New Faces, New Sounds (3/2/52, 1/31/53)
5021: Lou Donaldson/Horace Silver a.o. - New Faces, New Sounds (6/20/52, 11/19/52) [BLP 1537]
5022: Miles Davis, Volume 2 (4/20/53) [BLP 1501/02]
5023: Kenny Drew Trio - New Faces, New Sounds (4/16/53)
5024: Howard McGhee/Gigi Gryce a.o. - Volume 2 (6/8/53)
5025: Wynton Kelly Trio - New Faces, New Sounds (7/25/51, 8/1/51)
5026: Meade Lux Lewis/Charlie Christian a.o. - Memorable Sessions (1/25/44, 2/5/51)
5027: Benny Morton/Ben Webster a.o. - Swing Hi, Swing Lo (1/31/45, 7/17/45, 11/21/45, 9/23/46)
5028: Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown (6/20/53) [BLP 1505/06]
5029: Elmo Hope Trio - New Faces, New Sounds (6/53)
5030: Lou Donaldson/Clifford Brown a.o. - New Faces, New Sounds (6/9/53) [BLP 1526]
5031: Wade Legge Trio - New Faces, New Sounds (2/27/53)
5032: Clifford Brown - New Star on the Horizon (8/28/53) [BLP 1526]
5033: Gil Melle Quintet - Volume 2 (3/25/53)
5034: Horace Silver Trio, Volume 2 / Art Blakey - Spotlight on Drums (11/23/53) [BLP 1520]
5035: Sal Salvador Quintet (12/24/53)
5036: Urbie Green Septet - New Faces, New Sounds (12/27/53)
5037: Art Blakey Quintet - A Night at Birdland, Volume 1 (2/21/54) [BLP 1521/22]
5038: Art Blakey Quintet - A Night at Birdland, Volume 2 (2/21/54) [BLP 1521/22]
5039: Art Blakey Quintet - A Night at Birdland, Volume 3 (2/21/54) [BLP 1521/22]
5040: Miles Davis, Volume 3 (3/6/54) [BLP 1501/02]
5041: The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 (8/14/53) [BLP 1504]
5042: Tal Farlow Quartet (4/11/54)
5043: Frank Foster Quintet - New Faces, New Sounds (5/5/54)
5044: Elmo Hope Quintet - New Faces, New Sounds, Vol. 2 (6/54)
5045: George Wallington and His Band (5/12/54)
5046: Lionel Hampton - Jazztime Paris (9/28/53)
5047: Clifford Brown Quartet (10/15/53)
5048: Gigi Gryce/Clifford Brown Sextet (10/8/53)
5049: Gigi Gryce/Clifford Brown - Jazztime Paris, Volume 1 (9/10/53)
5050: Gigi Gryce/Clifford Brown - Jazztime Paris, Volume 2 (9/10/53)
5051: Gigi Gryce/Clifford Brown - Jazztime Paris, Volume 3 (9/10/53)
5052: The Cool Britons - New Sounds from Olde England (5/13/54, 5/15/54)
5053: Julius Watkins Sextet - New Faces, New Sounds (8/54)
5054: Gil Melle Quartet - New Faces, New Sounds, Volume 3 (9/5/54)
5055: Lou Donaldson Sextet, Volume 2 (8/22/54) [BLP 1537]
5056: Jutta Hipp Quintet - New Faces, New Sounds from Germany (4/24/54)
5057: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson (9/24/54) [BLP 1505/06]
5058: Horace Silver Quintet, Volume 1 (11/13/54) [BLP 1518]
5059: Conte Candoli/Herb Geller a.o. - Best from the West, Volume 1 (12/31/54, 1/55)
5060: Conte Candoli/Herb Geller a.o. - Best from the West, Volume 2 (12/31/54, 1/55)
5061: The Swinging Fats Sadi Combo (1954)
5062: Horace Silver Quintet, Volume 2 (2/6/55) [BLP 1518]
5063: Gil Melle Quintet, Vol. 4: Five Impressions of Color (2/27/55)
5064: Julius Watkins Sextet, Volume 2 (3/20/55)
5065: Kenny Dorham Octet - Afro-Cuban (3/29/55) [BLP 1535]
5066: Hank Mobley Quartet (3/27/55)
5067: Lou Mecca Quartet (3/25/55)
5068: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Volume 1 (5/4/55, 5/13/55)
5069: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols, Volume 2 (5/4/55, 5/13/55)
5070: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 3 (6/6/55) [BLP 1506]

Blue Note 1500 series

Blue Note made the change to 12" LPs late in 1955. The Modern Jazz Series continued with the following 12" LPs. Most of these were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and artificial stereo versions (BST 81000 series). Beginning in 1956 with BLP 1509, Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note LP covers. Together with Alfred Lion's production, Rudy van Gelder's engineering, and Frank Wolff's photography, Miles' designs defined the Blue Note look and sound. The Blue Note 4000 series began in the mid-1950s with many of the same artists. The 1500 series has been systematically reissued by Toshiba in Japan ("Blue Note Works 1500" series, 20-bit K2 CDs); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-1501, etc. In addition, originally unissued material from these late 50s dates was made available on Toshiba's 1600 series (20-bit K2 CDs).

1501: Miles Davis - Miles Davis, Volume 1 (5/9/52, 4/20/53)
1502: Miles Davis - Miles Davis, Volume 2 (5/9/52, 4/20/53, 3/6/54)
1503: Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 (8/9/49, 5/1/51)
1504: Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 (5/1/51, 8/14/53)
1505: J. J. Johnson - The Eminent J. J. Johnson, Volume 1 (6/22/53, 9/24/54)
1506: J. J. Johnson - The Eminent J. J. Johnson, Volume 2 (6/22/53, 9/24/54, 6/6/55)
1507: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1 (11/23/55)
1508: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2 (11/23/55)
1509: Milt Jackson (7/2/48, 7/23/51, 4/7/52)
1510: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Volume 1 (10/15/47, 10/24/47, 11/21/47)
1511: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2 (10/15/47, 10/24/47, 7/23/51, 5/30/52)
1512: Jimmy Smith - A New Sound, A New Star, Volume 1 (2/18/56)
1513: Thad Jones - Detroit-New York Junction (3/13/56)
1514: Jimmy Smith - A New Sound, A New Star, Volume 2 (3/11/56)
1515: Jutta Hipp - At the Hickory House, Volume 1 (4/5/56)
1516: Jutta Hipp - At the Hickory House, Volume 2 (4/5/56)
1517: Gil Melle - Patterns in Jazz (4/1/56)
1518: Horace Silver - And the Jazz Messengers (11/13/54, 2/6/55)
1519: Herbie Nichols - The Herbie Nichols Trio (8/7/55, 4/19/56)
1520: Horace Silver and Art Blakey - Sabu (10/9/52, 11/23/53)
1521: Art Blakey - A Night at Birdland, Volume 1 (2/21/54)
1522: Art Blakey - A Night at Birdland, Volume 2 (2/21/54)
1523: Kenny Burrell - Introducing Kenny Burrell (5/29/56, 5/30/56)
1524: Kenny Dorham - 'Round Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia (5/31/56)
1525: Jimmy Smith - The Incredible Jimmy Smith, Volume 3 (6/17/56)
1526: Clifford Brown - Memorial Album (6/9/53, 8/28/53)
1527: Thad Jones - The Magnificent Thad Jones (7/14/56)
1528: Jimmy Smith - At Club Baby Grand, Volume 1 (8/4/56)
1529: Jimmy Smith - At Club Baby Grand, Volume 2 (8/4/56)
1530: Jutta Hipp - With Zoot Sims (7/28/56)
1531: Fats Navarro - The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Volume 1 (9/26/47, 10/11/48, 8/9/49)
1532: Fats Navarro - The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Volume 2 (9/13/48, 10/11/48)
1533: Johnny Griffin - Introducing Johnny Griffin (4/17/56)
1534: Paul Chambers - Whims of Chambers (9/21/56)
1535: Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban (1/30/55, 3/29/55)
1536: J. R. Monterose (10/21/56)
1537: Lou Donaldson - Quartet/Quintet/Sextet (6/20/52, 11/19/52)
1538: Lee Morgan - Lee Morgan Indeed! (11/4/56)
1539: Horace Silver - Six Pieces of Silver (11/10/56)
1540: Hank Mobley - With Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan (11/25/56)
1541: Lee Morgan - Volume 2 (12/2/56)
1542: Sonny Rollins (12/16/56)
1543: Kenny Burrell, Volume 2 (3/12/56, 5/29/56, 5/30/56)
1544: Hank Mobley - And His All-Stars (1/13/57)
1545: Lou Donaldson - Wailing with Lou (1/27/55)
1546: Thad Jones - The Magnificent Thad Jones, Volume 3 (7/14/56, 2/2/57)
1547: Jimmy Smith - A Date with Jimmy Smith, Volume 1 (2/11/57, 2/13/57)
1548: Jimmy Smith - A Date with Jimmy Smith, Volume 2 (2/11/57)
1549: Cliff Jordan/John Gilmore - Blowing in from Chicago (3/3/57)
1550: Hank Mobley - With Farmer, Silver, Watkins, Blakey (3/8/57)
1551: Jimmy Smith - At the Organ, Volume 1 (2/12/57)
1552: Jimmy Smith - At the Organ, Volume 2 (2/12/57, 2/13/57)
1553: UNUSED
1554: Art Blakey - Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 1 (3/7/57)
1555: Art Blakey - Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 2 (3/7/57)
1556: Jimmy Smith - The Sounds of Jimmy Smith (2/11/57, 2/13/57)
1557: Lee Morgan - Volume 3 (3/24/57)
1558: Sonny Rollins - Volume 2 (4/14/57)
1559: Johnny Griffin - A Blowing Session (4/6/57)
1560: Hank Mobley - Hank (4/21/57)
1561: Sabu Martinez - Palo Congo (4/27/57)
1562: Horace Silver - The Stylings of Silver (5/8/57)
1563: Jimmy Smith - Plays Pretty Just for You (5/8/57)
1564: Paul Chambers - Quintet (5/19/57)
1565: Cliff Jordan (6/2/57)
1566: Lou Donaldson - Swing and Soul (6/9/57)
1567: Curtis Fuller - The Opener (6/16/57)
1568: Hank Mobley (6/23/57)
1569: Paul Chambers - Bass on Top (7/14/57)
1570: Sonny Clark - Dial "S" for Sonny (7/21/57)
1571: Bud Powell - Bud! [= The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 3] (8/3/57)
1572: Curtis Fuller - Bone and Bari (8/4/57)
1573: John Jenkins - With Kenny Burrell (8/11/57)
1574: Hank Mobley - Peckin' Time (2/9/58)
1575: Lee Morgan - City Lights (8/25/57)
1576: Sonny Clark - Sonny's Crib (9/1/57)
1577: John Coltrane - Blue Train (9/15/57)
1578: Lee Morgan - The Cooker (9/29/57)
1579: Sonny Clark - Trio (9/13/57)
1580: Johnny Griffin - The Congregation (10/23/57)
1581: Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard (11/3/57)
1582: Cliff Jordan - Cliff Craft (11/10/57)
1583: Curtis Fuller/Art Farmer (12/1/57)
1584: Louis Smith - Here Comes Louis Smith (2/4/58)
1585: Jimmy Smith - Groovin' at Small's Paradise, Volume 1 (11/15/57)
1586: Jimmy Smith - Groovin' at Small's Paradise, Volume 2 (11/15/57)
1587: Bennie Green - Back on the Scene (3/23/58)
1588: Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (1/5/58)
1589: Horace Silver - Further Explorations (1/13/58)
1590: Lee Morgan - Candy (11/18/57, 2/2/58)
1591: Lou Donaldson - Lou Takes Off (12/15/57)
1592: Sonny Clark - [unissued] (12/8/57)
1593: Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk (7/28/58)
1594: Louis Smith - Smithville (3/30/58)
1595: Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (3/9/58)
1596: Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 1 (5/14/58)
1597: Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 2 (5/14/58)
1598: Bud Powell - Time Waits [= The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 4] (5/25/58)
1599: Bennie Green - Soul Stirrin' (4/28/58)

Toshiba/Blue Note 1600 series

These CDs make available originally unissued material from the sessions which gave us the 1500 series of Blue Note LPs. They are manufactured by Toshiba and employ 20-bit, 88.2 KHz recording technology.

1600: Introducing the Three Sounds (9/16/58, 9/28/58)
1601: Various Artists - Blue Trails: The Rare Tracks
1602: Art Blakey - A Night in Birdland, Volume 3 (2/21/54)
1603: Art Blakey - At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 3 (11/23/55)
1604: Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, Volume 3 (10/15/47, 10/24/47, 11/21/47, 7/23/51, 5/30/52)
1605: Clifford Brown - Memorial, Volume 2 (6/9/53, 8/28/53)
1606: Kenny Dorham - At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2 (5/31/56)
1607: Kenny Dorham - At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 3 (5/31/56)
1608: Herbie Nichols - Herbie Nichols Trio, Volume 2 (8/7/55, 4/19/56)
1609: Kenny Burrell - Kenny Burrell, Volume 3 (3/12/56, 5/29/56, 5/31/56)
1610: Jimmy Smith/Lou Donaldson - Jimmy Smith Trio with L.D. (7/4/57)
1611: Hank Mobley/Sonny Clark - Curtain Call (8/18/57)
1612: Jimmy Smith - Things Ain't What They Used to Be
1613: Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard, Volume 2 (11/3/57)
1614: Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard, Volume 3 (11/3/57)
1615: Jimmy Smith/Lou Donaldson - Lonesome Road
1616: Tina Brooks - Minor Move (3/16/58)
1617: Sonny Clark - The 45 Sessions (9/13/57, 11/16/58)
1618: Sonny Clark - Blues in the Night (12/7/58)
1619: Benny Green - The 45 Sessions (11/23/58)
1620: Hank Mobley - Poppin' (10/20/61)

Blue Note 4000 Series

The Modern Jazz Series continued into the 1970s with the LPs listed below. Many were issued in both monaural versions (BLP series) and stereo versions (BST 84000 series). Beginning with 4258 (recorded March 14, 1961) all subsequent LPs (with three exceptions: 4263, 4264, and 4265) were issued only in stereo. By the late 60s Blue Note was changing: the label was sold to Liberty Records in 1965; Reid Miles and Alfred Lion retired by mid-1967; Frank Wolff died in 1971. But much of the best jazz of the early and mid-60s can be heard on Blue Note recordings. Most of the first 300 numbers of the 4000 series have been reissued by Toshiba in Japan ("Blue Note Works 4000" series); the catalog numbers are TOCJ-4001, etc.

4001: Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time (9/22/57)
4002: Jimmy Smith - House Party (8/25/57, 2/25/57)
4003: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (10/30/58)
4004: Art Blakey - Holiday for Skins, Volume 1 (11/9/58)
4005: Art Blakey - Holiday for Skins, Volume 2 (11/9/58)
4006: Dizzy Reece - Blues in Trinity (8/24/58)
4007: Donald Byrd - Off to the Races (12/21/58)
4008: Horace Silver Quintet - Finger Poppin' (2/1/59)
4009: Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 5 - The Scene Changes (12/29/58)
4010: Bennie Green - Walkin' and Talkin' (1/25/59)
4011: Jimmy Smith - The Sermon (8/25/57, 2/25/58)
4012: Lou Donaldson with the Three Sounds (2/18/59)
4013: Jackie McLean - New Soil (5/2/59)
4014: The Three Sounds - Bottoms Up (2/11/59)
4015: Art Blakey - At the Jazz Corner of the World, Volume 1 (4/15/59)
4016: Art Blakey - At the Jazz Corner of the World, Volume 2 (4/15/59)
4017: Horace Silver - Blowin' the Blues Away (8/29/59, 8/30/59, 9/13/59)
4018: Walter Davis - Davis Cup (8/2/59)
4019: Donald Byrd - Byrd in Hand (5/31/59)
4020: The Three Sounds - Good Deal (5/20/59)
4021: Kenny Burrell - At the Five Spot (8/25/59)
4022: Duke Pearson - Profile (10/25/59)
4023: Dizzy Reece - Star Bright (11/14/59, 11/19/59)
4024: Jackie McLean - Swing, Swang, Swingin' (10/20/59)
4025: Lou Donaldson - The Time is Right (10/31/59, 11/28/59)
4026: Donald Byrd - Fuego (10/4/59)
4027: Freddie Redd - Music from "The Connection" (2/15/60)
4028: Horace Parlan - Movin' and Groovin' (2/29/60)
4029: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - The Big Beat (3/6/60)
4030: Jimmy Smith - Crazy Baby (1/4/60)
4031: Hank Mobley - Soul Station (2/7/60)
4032: Sonny Red - Out of the Blue (1/23/60)
4033: Dizzy Reece - Soundin' Off (5/12/60)
4034: Lee Morgan - Leeway (4/28/60)
4035: Duke Pearson - Tender Feelin's (12/16/59)
4036: Lou Donaldson - Sunny Side Up (2/5/60, 2/28/60)
4037: Horace Parlan - Us Three (4/20/60)
4038: Jackie McLean - Capuchin Swing (4/17/60)
4039: Stanley Turrentine - Look Out! (6/18/60)
4040: Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame (6/19/60)
4041: Tina Brooks - True Blue (6/25/60)
4042: Horace Silver Quintet - Horace-Scope (7/8/60, 7/9/60)
4043: Horace Parlan - Speakin' My Piece (7/14/60)
4044: The Three Sounds - Moods (6/28/60)
4045: Freddie Redd - Shades of Redd (8/13/60)
4046: Duke Jordan - Flight to Jordan (8/4/60)
4047: Art Taylor - A. T.'s Delight (8/6/60)
4048: Donald Byrd - Byrd in Flight (1/17/60, 1/25/60, 7/10/60)
4049: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - A Night in Tunisia (8/14/60)
4050: Jimmy Smith - Home Cookin' (5/24/59, 6/16/59)
4051: Jackie McLean - Jackie's Bag (1/18/59)
4052: Tina Brooks - Back to the Tracks (9/1/60, 10/20/60)
4053: Lou Donaldson - Lightfoot (12/14/58)
4054: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Meet You..., Volume 1 (9/14/60)
4055: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Meet You..., Volume 2 (9/14/60)
4056: Freddie Hubbard - Goin' Up (11/6/60)
4057: Stanley Turrentine with the Three Sounds - Blue Hour (12/16/60)
4058: Hank Mobley - Roll Call (11/13/60)
4059: Kenny Drew - Undercurrent (12/11/60)
4060: Donald Byrd - At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 1 (11/11/60)
4061: Donald Byrd - At the Half Note Cafe, Volume 2 (11/11/60)
4062: Horace Parlan - Headin' South (12/6/60)
4063: Kenny Dorham - Whistle Stop (1/15/61)
4064: Grant Green - Grant's First Stand (1/28/61)
4065: Stanley Turrentine - Comin' Your Way (1/20/61)
4066: Lou Donaldson - Here 'Tis (1/23/61)
4067: Jackie McLean - Bluesnik (1/8/61)
4068: Baby Face Willette - Face to Face (1/30/61)
4069: Stanley Turrentine - Up at Minton's, Volume 1 (2/23/61)
4070: Stanley Turrentine - Up at Minton's, Volume 2 (2/23/61)
4071: Grant Green - Green Street (4/1/61)
4072: The Three Sounds - Feelin' Good (6/28/60)
4073: Freddie Hubbard - Hub Cap (4/9/61)
4074: Horace Parlan - On the Spur of the Moment (3/18/61)
4075: Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk (5/2/61)
4076: Horace Silver Quintet - Doin' the Thing (5/19/61, 5/20/61)
4077: Dexter Gordon - Doin' Allright (5/6/61)
4078: Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special (4/25/60)
4079: Lou Donaldson - Gravy Train (4/27/61)
4080: Hank Mobley - Workout (3/26/61)
4081: Stanley Turrentine - Dearly Beloved (6/8/61)
4082: Horace Parlan - Up and Down (6/18/61)
4083: Dexter Gordon - Dexter Calling (5/9/61)
4084: Baby Face Willette - Stop and Listen (5/22/61)
4085: Freddie Hubbard - Ready for Freddie (8/21/61)
4086: Grant Green - Grantstand (8/1/61)
4087: Leo Parker - Let Me Tell You 'Bout It (9/9/61)
4088: The Three Sounds - Here We Come (12/13/60, 12/14/60)
4089: Jackie McLean - A Fickle Sonance (10/26/61)
4090: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Mosaic (10/2/61)
4091: Sonny Clark - Leapin' and Lopin' (11/13/61)
4092: Kenny Clarke - The Golden Eight (5/18/61, 5/19/61)
4093: Ike Quebec - Heavy Soul (11/26/61)
4094: Fred Jackson - Hootin' 'n' Tootin' (2/5/62)
4095: Leo Parker - Rollin' with Leo (10/12/61, 10/20/61)
4096: Stanley Turrentine - That's Where It's At (1/2/62)
4097: Art Blakey - The African Beat (1/24/62)
4098: Ike Quebec - Blue and Sentimental (12/16/61, 12/23/61)
4099: Grant Green - Sunday Morning (6/4/61)
4100: Jimmy Smith - Plays Fats Waller (1/23/62)
4101: Donald Byrd - Royal Flush (9/21/61)
4102: The Three Sounds - Hey There (8/13/61)
4103: Ike Quebec - Congo Lament (1/20/62)
4104: Art Blakey - Buhaina's Delight (11/28/61, 12/18/61)
4105: Ike Quebec - It Might as Well Be Spring (12/9/61)
4106: Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring (3/19/62)
4107: Don Wilkerson - Preach Brother! (6/18/62)
4108: Lou Donaldson - The Natural Soul (5/9/62)
4109: Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off (5/28/62)
4110: Horace Silver - The Tokyo Blues (7/13/62, 7/14/62)
4111: Grant Green - The Latin Bit (4/26/62)
4112: Dexter Gordon - Go (8/27/62)
4113: Freddie Roach - Down to Earth (8/23/62)
4114: Ike Quebec - Bossa Nova Soul Samba (10/5/62)
4115: Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones (10/10/62)
4116: Jackie McLean - The Jackie McLean Quintet (6/14/62)
4117: Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (4/25/60)
4118: Donald Byrd - Free Form (12/11/61)
4119: Charlie Rouse - Bossa Nova Bacchanal (11/26/62)
4120: The Three Sounds - It Just Got to Be (12/13/60, 12/14/60)
4121: Don Wilkerson - Elder Don (5/3/62)
4122: Stanley Turrentine - Jubilee Shout (10/18/62)
4123: Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1/8/63)
4124: Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1/12/63)
4125: Lou Donaldson - Good Gracious (1/24/63)
4126: Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (3/19/63)
4127: Kenny Dorham - Una Mas (4/1/63)
4128: Freddie Roach - Mo' Greens Please (1/21/63, 3/11/63)
4129: Stanley Turrentine - Never Let Me Go (2/13/63)
4130: Big John Patton - Along Came John (4/5/63)
4131: Horace Silver - Silver's Serenade (5/7/63, 5/8/63)
4132: Grant Green - Feelin' the Spirit (12/21/62)
4133: Dexter Gordon - A Swingin' Affair (8/29/62)
4134: Horace Parlan - Happy Frame of Mind (2/15/63)
4135: Freddie Hubbard - Here to Stay (12/27/62)
4136: Solomon Ilori - African High Life (4/25/63)
4137: Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond (4/30/63)
4138: Harold Vick - Steppin' Out (5/27/63)
4139: Grant Green - Am I Blue (5/16/63)
4140: Joe Henderson - Page One (6/3/63)
4141: Jimmy Smith - Rockin' the Boat (2/7/63)
4142: Blue Mitchell - Step Lightly (8/13/63)
4143: John Patton - Blue John (7/11/63, 8/2/63)
4144: Johnny Coles - Little Johnny C (7/18/63, 8/9/63)
4145: Don Wilkerson - Shoutin' (7/29/63)
4146: Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris (5/23/63)
4147: Herbie Hancock - Inventions and Dimensions (8/30/63)
4148: George Braith - Two Souls in One (9/4/63)
4149: Hank Mobley - No Room for Squares (3/7/63, 10/2/63)
4150: Stanley Turrentine - A Chip Off the Old Block (10/21/63)
4151: Andrew Hill - Black Fire (11/9/63)
4152: Joe Henderson - Our Thing (9/9/63)
4153: Grachan Moncur III - Evolution (11/21/63)
4154: Grant Green - Idle Moments (11/15/63)
4155: The Three Sounds - Black Orchid (3/7/62, 3/8/62)
4156: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - The Freedom Rider (5/27/61)
4157: Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder (12/21/63)
4158: Freddie Roach - Good Move (11/29/63, 12/9/63)
4159: Andrew Hill - Judgment! (1/8/64)
4160: Andrew Hill - Smoke Stack (12/13/63)
4161: George Braith - Soul Stream (12/16/63)
4162: Stanley Turrentine - Hustlin' (1/24/64)
4163: Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch (2/25/64)
4164: Jimmy Smith - Prayer Meetin' (2/8/63)
4165: Jackie McLean - Destination... Out! (9/20/63)
4166: Joe Henderson - In 'n Out (4/10/64)
4167: Andrew Hill - Point of Departure (3/21/64)
4168: Freddie Roach - Brown Sugar (3/18/64, 3/19/64)
4169: Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land (2/15/64)
4170: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Free For All (2/10/64)
4171: George Braith - Extension (3/27/64)
4172: Freddie Hubbard - Breaking Point (5/7/64)
4173: Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer (4/29/64)
4174: Big John Patton - The Way I Feel (6/19/64)
4175: Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles (6/17/64)
4176: Dexter Gordon - One Flight Up (6/2/64)
4177: Grachan Moncur III - Some Other Stuff (7/6/64)
4178: Blue Mitchell - The Thing to Do (7/30/64)
4179: Jackie McLean - It's Time! (8/5/64)
4180: Anthony Williams - Life Time (8/21/64, 8/24/64)
4181: Kenny Dorham - Trompeta Toccata (9/14/64)
4182: Wayne Shorter - Juju (8/3/64)
4183: Grant Green - Talkin' About! (9/11/64)
4184: Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song (12/11/64)
4185: Horace Silver - Song for My Father (10/31/63, 10/26/64)
4186: Hank Mobley - The Turnaround! (3/7/63, 2/5/65)
4187: Larry Young - Into Somethin' (11/12/64)
4188: Donald Byrd - I'm Tryin' to Get Home (12/17/64, 12/18/64)
4189: Joe Henderson - Inner Urge (11/30/64)
4190: Freddie Roach - All That's Good (10/16/64)
4191: Duke Pearson - Wahoo! (11/21/64)
4192: Big John Patton - Oh Baby! (3/8/65)
4193: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Indestructible (4/24/64, 5/15/64)
4194: Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (12/24/64)
4195: Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (3/17/65)
4196: Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits (2/19/65)
4197: The Three Sounds - Out of This World (2/4/62, 3/7/62, 3/8/62)
4198: Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue (4/3/65)
4199: Lee Morgan - The Rumproller (4/21/65)
4200: Jimmy Smith - Softly as a Summer Breeze (2/28/58)
4201: Stanley Turrentine - Joyride (4/14/65)
4202: Grant Green - I Want to Hold Your Hand (3/31/65)
4203: Andrew Hill - Andrew! (6/25/64)
4204: Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around (5/28/65, 5/29/65)
4205: Pete LaRoca - Basra (5/19/65)
4206: Sam Rivers - Contours (5/21/65)
4207: Freddie Hubbard - The Night of the Cookers, Volume 1 (4/10/65)
4208: Freddie Hubbard - The Night of the Cookers, Volume 2 (4/9/65)
4209: Hank Mobley - Dippin' (6/18/65)
4210: Ornette Coleman - Town Hall Concert (12/21/62)
4211: Ornette Coleman - Town Hall Concert (12/21/62)
4212: Lee Morgan - The Gigolo (6/25/65, 7/1/65)
4213: Bobby Hutcherson - Components (6/10/65)
4214: Blue Mitchell - Down with It (7/14/65)
4215: Jackie McLean - Right Now (1/29/65)
4216: Anthony Williams - Spring (8/12/65)
4217: Andrew Hill - Compulsion (10/8/65)
4218: Jackie McLean - Action (9/16/64)
4219: Wayne Shorter - The All-Seeing Eye (10/15/65)
4220: Horace Silver - The Cape Verdean Blues (10/1/65)
4221: Larry Young - Unity (11/10/65)
4222: Lee Morgan - Cornbread (9/18/65)
4223: Jackie McLean - Jacknife (9/24/65)
4224: Ornette Coleman - At the Golden Circle, Volume 1 (12/3/65)
4225: Ornette Coleman - At the Golden Circle, Volume 2 (12/4/65)
4226: Don Cherry - Complete Communion (12/24/65)
4227: Joe Henderson - Mode for Joe (1/27/66)
4228: Blue Mitchell - Bring it on Home (1/6/66)
4229: John Patton - Got a Good Thing Goin' (4/29/66)
4230: Hank Mobley - A Caddy for Daddy (12/18/65)
4231: Bobby Hutcherson - Happenings (2/8/66)
4232: Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple (2/3/66, 2/24/66)
4233: Andrew Hill - Involution (3/7/66)
4234: Stanley Turrentine - In Memory Of (6/3/64, 9/4/64)
4235: Jimmy Smith - Bucket! (2/1/63)
4236: Jackie McLean - High Frequency (4/18/66)
4237: Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures (5/19/66)
4238: Donald Byrd - Mustang! (6/24/66)
4239: John Patton - Let 'Em Roll (12/11/65)
4240: Stanley Turrentine - Rough 'n Tumble (7/1/66)
4241: Hank Mobley - A Slice of the Top (3/18/66, 6/17/66)
4242: Larry Young - Of Love and Peace (7/28/66)
4243: Lee Morgan - Delightfulee Morgan (4/8/66, 5/27/66)
4244: Bobby Hutcherson - Stick Up! (7/14/66)
4245: Art Blakey - Like Someone in Love (8/7/60, 8/14/60)
4246: Ornette Coleman - The Empty Foxhole (9/9/66)
4247: Don Cherry - Symphony for Improvisers (9/19/66)
4248: The Three Sounds - Vibrations (10/25/66)
4249: Sam Rivers - A New Conception (10/11/66)
4250: Horace Silver - The Jody Grind (11/2/66, 11/23/66)
4251: Jack Wilson - Something Personal (8/9/66, 8/10/66)
4252: Duke Pearson - Sweet Honey Bee (12/7/66)
4253: Grant Green - Street of Dreams (11/16/64)
4254: Lou Donaldson - Lush Life (1/20/67)
4255: Jimmy Smith - I'm Movin' On (1/31/63)
4256: Stanley Turrentine - The Spoiler (9/22/66)
4257: Blue Mitchell - Boss Horn (11/17/66)
4258: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - The Witch Doctor (3/14/61)
4259: Donald Byrd - Blackjack (1/9/67)
4260: Cecil Taylor - Conquistador (10/6/66)
4261: Sam Rivers - Dimensions and Extensions (3/17/67)
4262: Jackie McLean - New and Old Gospel (3/24/67)
4263: Lou Donaldson - Alligator Bogaloo (4/7/67)
4264: McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy (4/21/67)
4265: The Three Sounds - Live at the Lighthouse (6/9/67, 6/10/67)
4266: Larry Young - Contrasts (9/18/67)
4267: Duke Pearson - The Right Touch (9/13/67)
4268: Stanley Turrentine - Easy Walker (7/8/66)
4269: Jimmy Smith - Open House (3/22/60)
4270: Jack Wilson - Easterly Winds (9/22/67)
4271: Lou Donaldson - Mr. Shing-a-Ling (10/27/67)
4272: Blue Mitchell - Heads Up (11/17/67)
4273: Hank Mobley - Hi Voltage (10/9/67)
4274: Tyrone Washington - Natural Essence (12/29/67)
4275: McCoy Tyner - Tender Moments (12/1/67)
4276: Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (12/15/67)
4277: Horace Silver - Serenade to a Soul Sister (2/23/68, 3/29/68)
4278: Frank Foster - Manhattan Fever (3/21/68)
4279: Herbie Hancock - Speak Like a Child (3/5/68, 3/6/68)
4280: Lou Donaldson - Midnight Creeper (3/15/68)
4281: John Patton - That Certain Feeling (3/8/68)
4282: Elvin Jones - Puttin' it Together (4/8/68)
4283: Booker Ervin - The In-Between (1/12/68)
4284: Jackie McLean - 'Bout Soul (9/8/67)
4285: The Three Sounds - Coldwater Flat (4/11/68, 4/12/68, 4/15/68)
4286: Stanley Turrentine - The Look of Love (4/15/68)
4287: Ornette Coleman - New York is Now!, Volume 1 (4/29/68, 5/7/68)
4288: Hank Mobley - Reach Out! (1/19/68)
4289: Lee Morgan - Caramba! (5/3/68)
4290: Lonnie Smith - Think! (7/23/68)
4291: Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (7/12/68)
4292: Donald Byrd - Slow Drag (5/12/67)
4293: Duke Pearson - The Phantom (9/11/68)
4294: Eddie Gale - Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music (9/20/68)
4295: Reuben Wilson - On Broadway (10/4/68)
4296: Jimmy Smith - Plain Talk (3/22/60)
4297: Wayne Shorter - Schizophrenia (3/10/67)
4298: Stanley Turrentine - Always Something There (10/14/68, 10/28/68)
4299: Lou Donaldson - Say it Loud (11/6/68)
4300: Blue Mitchell - Collision in Black (9/11/68, 9/12/68)
4301: The Three Sounds - Elegant Soul (9/19/68, 9/20/68)
4302: Kenny Cox - Introducing Kenny Cox (12/9/68)
4303: Andrew Hill - Grass Roots (8/5/68)
4304: Larry Young - Heaven on Earth (2/9/68)
4305: Elvin Jones - The Ultimate (9/6/68)
4306: John Patton - Understanding (10/25/68)
4307: McCoy Tyner - Time for Tyner (5/17/68)
4308: Duke Pearson - Now Hear This! (12/2/68, 12/3/68)
4309: Horace Silver - You Gotta Take a Little Love (1/10/69, 1/17/69)
4310: Grant Green - Goin' West (11/30/62)
4311: Don Cherry - Where is Brooklyn? (11/11/66)
4312: Lee Morgan - Charisma (9/29/66)
4313: Lonnie Smith - Turning Point (1/3/69)
4314: Booker Ervin - Back from the Gig (5/24/68)
4315: Stanley Turrentine - Common Touch! (8/30/68)
4316: Frank Foster (unissued) (1/31/69)
4317: Reuben Wilson - Love Bug (3/21/69)
4318: Lou Donaldson - Hot Dog (4/25/69)
4319: Donald Byrd - Fancy Free (5/9/69, 6/6/69)
4320: Eddie Gale - Black Rhythm Happening (5/2/69)
4321: Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner (4/18/69, 4/21/69, 4/23/69)
4322: Brother Jack McDuff - Down Home Style (6/10/69)
4323: Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (2/25/69, 8/19/69)
4324: Blue Mitchell - Bantu Village (5/22/69, 5/23/69)
4325: Horace Silver - The Best of Horace Silver (compilation)
4326: Lonnie Smith - Move Your Hand (8/9/69)
4327: Grant Green - Carryin' On (10/3/69)
4328: Jack Wilson - Song for My Daughter (9/28/68, 12/16/68, 4/23/69)
4329: Hank Mobley - The Flip (7/12/69)
4330: Andrew Hill - Lift Every Voice (5/16/69)
4331: Elvin Jones - Polycurrents (9/26/69)
4332: Wayne Shorter - Super Nova (8/29/69, 9/2/69)
4333: Bobby Hutcherson - Now (11/5/69)
4334: Brother Jack McDuff - Moon Rappin' (12/1/69, 12/2/69)
4335: Lee Morgan - The Sixth Sense (11/10/67)
4336: Stanley Turrentine - Another Story (3/3/69)
4337: Lou Donaldson - Everything I Play is Funky (8/22/69)
4338: McCoy Tyner - Expansions (8/23/68)
4339: Kenny Cox - Multidirection (11/26/69)
4340: John Patton - Accent on the Blues (8/15/69)
4341: The Three Sounds - Soul Symphony (9/26/69)
4342: Grant Green - Green is Beautiful (1/30/70)
4343: Reuben Wilson - Blue Mode (12/12/69)
4344: Duke Pearson - How Insensitive (4/11/69, 4/14/69, 5/5/69)
4345: Jackie McLean - Demon's Dance (12/22/67)
4346: Jones-Lewis Orch - Consummation (1/20/70, 1/21/70, 1/28/70, 5/25/70)
4347: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Roots and Herbs (2/18/61)
4348: Brother Jack McDuff - To Seek a New Home (3/23/70, 3/24/70, 3/26/70)
4349: Donald Byrd - Electric Byrd (5/15/70)
4350: Jimmy McGriff - Electric Funk (9/??/69)
4351: Lonnie Smith - Drives (1/2/70)
4352: Horace Silver - That Healin' Feelin' (4/8/70, 6/18/70)
4353: Chick Corea - The Song of Singing (4/7/70, 4/8/70)
4354: Jeremy Steig - Wayfaring Strangers (3/??/70)
4355: Joe Williams - Worth Waiting For (5/5/70)
4356: Ornette Coleman - Love Call (4/29/68, 5/7/68)
4357: Candido - Beautiful (10/20/70, 10/27/70)
4358: Jack McDuff - Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? (12/1-3/70)
4359: Lou Donaldson - Pretty Things (1/9/70, 6/12/70)
4360: Grant Green - Alive! (8/15/70)
4361: Elvin Jones - Coalition (7/17/70)
4362: Bobby Hutcherson - San Francisco (7/15/70)
4363: Wayne Shorter - Odyssey of Iska (8/26/70)
4364: Jimmy McGriff - Something to Listen To (9/??/70)
4365: Reuben Wilson - A Groovy Situation (9/18/70, 9/25/70)
4366: John Patton (unissued) (10/2/70)
4367: Hank Mobley - Thinking of Home (LT 1045) (7/31/70)
4368: Horace Silver - Total Response (11/15/70, 1/29/71)
4369: Elvin Jones - Genesis (2/12/71)
4370: Lou Donaldson - Cosmos (7/16/71)
4371: Lonnie Smith (unissued) (5/21/70)
4372: Richard Groove Holmes - Comin' on Home (5/19/71)
4373: Grant Green - Visions (5/21/71)
4374: Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (2/??/71)
4375: Ornette Coleman (unissued)
4376: Bobby Hutcherson - Head On (7/1/71, 7/3/71)
4377: Reuben Wilson - Set Us Free (7/23/71)
4378: Gene Harris - The Three Sounds (7/26-27/71, 8/2-3/71)
4379: Bobbi Humphrey - Flute In (9/30/71, 10/1/71)
4380: Donald Byrd - Ethiopian Night (8/25/71, 8/26/71)
4381: Lee Morgan (unissued) (9/17/71, 9/18/71)
4382: Ronnie Foster - Two Headed Freap (1/20/72, 1/21/72) 4383-4412: not used
4413: Grant Green - Shades of Green (11/23/71, 11/24/71)
4414: Elvin Jones - Merry Go Round (12/15/71)
4415: Grant Green - The Final Comedown (12/13/71, 12/14/71)
4416: Bobby Hutcherson - Natural Illusions (3/2/72, 3/3/72)
4417: Hank Mobley - Thinking of Home (LT 1045) (7/31/70)
4418: John Patton - Memphis to New York Spirit (unissued) (10/2/70)
4419: McCoy Tyner - Extensions (LA 006-F) (2/9/70)
4420: Horace Silver - All (1/17/72, 2/14/72)
4421: Bobbi Humphrey - Dig This (7/20/72, 7/21/72)
4422: Marlena Shaw - Marlena (8/10/72, 8/11/72, 8/16/72)
4423: Gene Harris - Gene Harris of the Three Sounds (6/29/72, 6/30/72)
4424: Stanley Turrentine - Z.T.'s Blues (9/13/61)
4425: Hank Mobley - Far Away Lands (5/26/67)
4426: Lee Morgan - The Rajah (11/29/66)
4427: Jackie McLean - Tippin' the Scales (9/28/62)
4428: Clifford Brown - Alternate Takes (6/9/53, 6/20/53, 8/28/53)
4429: Various Artists - The Best of Blue Note, Volume 1
4430: Bud Powell - Alternate Takes (8/8/49, 8/14/53, 8/3/57, 5/28/58, ...)
4431: Hank Mobley - Another Workout (3/26/61, 12/5/61)
4432: Grant Green - Born to Be Blue (3/1/62, 12/23/61)
4433: Various Artists - The Best of Blue Note, Volume 2
4434: The Three Sounds - Babe's Blues (8/13/61)
4435: Hank Mobley - Straight No Filter (3/7/63, 2/5/65, 6/17/66)

More information

  • Michael Cuscuna and Michel Ruppli, The Blue Note Label: A Discography (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988). This is an excellent discography with thorough introductions.
  • Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie, The Blue Note Years: The Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff (Rizzoli, 2001). A wonderful collection of Francis Wolff's evocative photographs, taken at hundreds of Ble Note recording sessions.
  • Richard Cook, Blue Note Records: A Biography (London, Secker and Warburg, 2001). A breezy and unsubstantial account of the Blue Note label. Occaisonally insightful, but usually pedestrian. Blue Note deserves better than this. Note: The substance of this list, including several verbatim sentences, appears as an appendix to Cook's book, though without attribution. Plagiarism is a form of flattery, I suppose.
  • Graham Marsh, Felix Cromey, and Glyn Callingham (edd.), Blue Note: The Album Cover Art (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1991). A large-format paperback with reproductions of many of the arresting covers of Blue Note records.
  • Toyoki Okajima (ed.), The Complete Blue Note Book: Tribute to Alfred Lion (Tokyo: Jazz Critique Special Edition, 1987). Contains a useful record-by-record listing, some nice photographs, and a small gallery of cover art.
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