The Best Of Blue Note - 1951-1964 Modal and Bop Jazz Compilation 2LP

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The Best Of Blue Note

Blue Note ‎– BS2C 84429
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
Hard Bop, Modal


A1 Bud Powell - Un Poco Loco 4:43
A2 James Moody - Tin Tin Deo 2:44
A3 Thelonious Monk - Criss Cross 2:53
A4 Milt Jackson - Bags' Groove 3:00
A5 Clifford Brown - Cherokee 3:23
A6 Miles Davis - Tempus Fugit 3:49


B1 John Coltrane - Blue Train 10:40
B2 Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage 7:55
B3 Donald Byrd - Christo Redentor 5:40


C1 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' 9:30
C2 Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk 6:40
C3 Horace Silver - Song For My Father 7:15


D1 Jimmy Smith - Back To The Chicken Shack 8:00
D2 Kenny Burrell - Chitlins Con Carne 5:30
D3 Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder 10:20




Artwork By [Design] – Mantel Koppel & Scher
Compilation Producer – Michael Cuscuna
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Other [Liner Notes] – Bob Porter
Other [Production Administration] – Christine Maftin
Producer – Alfred Lyon
Producer [All Sellections Originally Produced By] – Alfred Lion


Manufactured and distributed under license in Canada by Capitol Records-EMI of Canada Limited. ©℗ 1984, 1985 Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc. Printed in Canada.

All selections on sides 2, 3 & 4 recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey.

Track A1 Recorded in NYC on May 1, 1951. Previously issued on 78-1577, BLP 5003 and BLP 1503. Published by BMI.
Track A2 Recorded in NYC on October 25, 1948. Previously issued on 78-555, BLP 5006 and B-6503. Published by ASCAP.
Track A3 Recorded in NYC on July 23, 1951. Previously issued on 78-1590, BLP 5011, BLP 1509 and BNLA 579-2. Published by BMI.
Track A4 Recorded in NYC on April 7, 1952. Previously issued on 78-1593, 45-1645, BLP 5011, BLP 1509. Published by BMI.
Track A5 Recorded in NYC on August 28, 1953. Previously issued on BLP 5032, BLP 1526, BNLA 267. Published by ASCAP.
Track A6 Recorded in NYC on April 20, 1953. Previously issued on 78-1618, 45-1649, BLP 5022, BLP 1501. Published by BMI.
Track B1 Recorded on September 15, 1957. Previously issued on 45-1641, BLP 81577. Published by BMI.
Track B2 Recorded on March 17, 1965. Previously issued on BLP 84195, BST 89907, BNLA 399-2. Published by BMI.
Track B3 Recorded on January 12, 1963. Previously issued on 45-1907, BLP 84124. Published by BMI.
Track C1 Recorded on October 30, 1958. Previously issued on 45-1735, BLP 84003. Published by BMI.
Track C2 Recorded on July 28, 1958. Previously issued on 45-1720, BLP 81593. Published by BMI.
Track C3 Recorded on October 26, 1964. Previously issued on 45-1912, BLP 84185, BNLA 402-2. Published by ASCAP.
Track D1 Recorded on April 25, 1960. Previously issued on BLP 84117. Published by BMI.
Track D2 Recorded on January 8, 1963. Previously issued on 45-1885, BLP 84123. Published by ASCAP.
Track D3 Recorded on December 21, 1963. Previously issued on 45-1911, BLP 84157, BNLA 224. Published by BMI.

Side 1 Runouts: BST2-84429-1 1B2HZK
Side 2 Runouts: BST2-844291-B-1A-2HZD
Side 3 Runouts: BST-2-84429-C-1B-2HKB: / DM-5 / REC-2
Side 4 Runouts: BST2-84429-D-1A-2HKB: / DM-3 / REC-2



'This sampler from perhaps the most famous label in jazz has nine selections by creative giants, most of them laid down in the 50's or 60's. Art Blakey's "Moanin'" is here. ... Renowned for his powerful, energetic style, Pittsburgh drummer Art Blakey had been leading The Jazz Messengers for five years when they released Moanin’, arguably the group’s definitive recording. Due to the many young, up-and-coming musicians that passed through the group’s ranks during its long history (1954-1990), the band was dubbed the “Hard Bop Academy”, and on Moanin’ Blakey’s new recruits included Philadelphia pianist Bobby Timmons, who wrote the album’s gospel-flavoured title tune, often cited as a quintessential example of the Blue Note sound.

Chicago-born Herbie Hancock was just 25 and a key member of the Miles Davis Quintet when he produced this sea-inspired masterpiece for Blue Note in 1965. Maiden Voyage was his fifth and arguably best album for the label, check out the gently pulsing and elegant modal-style title track,

the unforgetable "Cristo Redentor" by Donald Byrd. One song is especially beautiful and haunting, that being "Cristo Reedentor." I'm not sure the story behind the song but it is spiritual. The introduction is slow and the music creates an image of Christ suffering. The perfect music for a civil rights movie, with flashes of Christ carrying his cross interspersed with images of Americans involved in marches, flogging of Christ countered with beatings of protestors. The song is slow and bluesy, a hymn with voices echoing a passion play as Donald Byrd wails melodically on trumpet. The use of voices was innovative at the time and this song is very different from the later Donald Byrd who would use voices and lively rhythmns to fuse a precursor to pop jazz. It was one of the most haunting songs and if some of my Latin is still lodged somewhere correctly means "Christ the Redeemer."

IRecorded as a one-off while he was still contracted to the Prestige label, Blue Train was John Coltrane’s only solo offering for Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff’s imprint. Recorded in late 1957, after the saxophonist had gone “cold turkey” to quit the heroin addiction that got him fired from Miles Davis’ band earlier in the year, Blue Train marked his rebirth as a drug-free musician. Perhaps because of this, it was Trane’s first truly exceptional long-player and showed him living up to the promise he had shown before drugs threatened to derail his career. Coltrane leads a sextet with a three-horn frontline that includes trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller, the latter bringing a rich sonority to the album. The opening title tune, with its memorable clarion call horn theme, is one of Coltrane’s classic compositions and offers a vivid example of his ornate “sheets of sound” soloing style in a hard bop setting.

A Blue Note stalwart for many years – he joined the label in 1952 and stayed until 1979 – Horace Silver was a pianist who helped to establish not only the hard bop aesthetic but also the genre’s classic small-group format with its twin horn line-up. Silver and his quintet recorded many fine LPs for Blue Note, but Song For My Father, released in early 1965, is one of his finest for the label

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Blue Note Records
Artist Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonios Monk
Color Black