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Formative Bluenote recordings...,
This review is from: Birth Of The Cool (Audio CD)Birth of The Cool-Digging That Blue Note Sound, NOT2CD423
This new compilation presents on CD1, 15 tracks and 72 minutes of cool. The compositions are by Getz; JJ Johnson; Horace Silver; Lou Donaldson; Thelonious Monk; Bud Powell; Herbie Nichols; Jimmy Smith; Kenny Dorham; Johnny Griffin; Hank Mobley and Thad Jones. All compositions by exponents of the Blue Note Sound. Dates 1952 to 1956. CD2 dates from 1956 to 1960. 11 tracks with a running time of around 80 minutes. As with the first CD the compositions are by artists of the genre with the exception of tracks 5 & 7 which are song book classics from the Gershwin's and Kern & Harbach. Other credits go to Horace Silver; Sonny Rollins; John Coltrane; Miles Davis; Donald Byrd; Freddie Hubbard; Horace Parlan; Stanley Turrentine & Duke Jordan.
Blue Note was formed in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff and the sound was captured by Rudy Van Gelder. The hippest album work of any label was provided by Reid Miles who worked for Esquire Magazine. All of these elements created an identity for the label.
Many of the artists included are formative talents for the label including Lou Donaldson born 1926 a sax p[layer who has been active since 1952; Herbie Nichols the jazz pianist 1919 to 1963. "The Gig" comes from the album "Herbie Nichols Trio" released in 1956 with personnel Al McKibbon bass and Max Roach on drums; Johnny Griffin 1928 to 2008 the tenor sax player has "Mildew" from "Introducing Johnny Griffin" recorded 17 April 1956; Kenny Dorham 1924 to 1972 the trumpet player lad "Monaco" from `Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia" recorded 31 May 1956. Freddie Hubbard 1938 to 2008 well known for playing the trumpet; flugelhorn and cornet has "Hub's Nub" from the album "Open Sesame" recorded 19 June 1960. Duke Jordan 1922 to 2006 the jazz pianist has the title number from "Flight to Jordan" recorded 4 August 1960; Jimmy Smith the Hammond B-3 organist 1925 to 2005 has "You Get `Cha" from "A New Sound...A New Star" recorded 18 Feb 1956.
The sound quality of transfers is very good indeed with consistent levels between different sources and this is a mix of studio and some live recording. The whole set is nicely packaged with photographs and liner notes by Not Now regular Michael Heatley. A fine collection of recordings from many key performers of the 1952 to 1960 period of Blue Note. This is another quality release from Glenn Gretlund at Not Now and must make their jazz catalogue one of the most diverse of reissues.