Renowned jazz label Blue Note are releasing five "essential" remastered vinyl recordings every month until October 2014 as part of its 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative.
The legendary imprint will release the albums, with the original artwork, from a catalogue which runs to nearly 1,000 titles. “You can’t go wrong with that list, but yeah, it’s arbitrary, so you’re still going to miss a lot,” said Blue Note president Don Was. “It was actually supposed to be 75 for the 75th year anniversary, but we couldn’t agree on 75, so we had to expand it to 100.”
Since its foundation in 1939, Blue Note has recorded many of the most important names in jazz. Saxophonists alone include Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. Miles Davis’ highly-influential record Birth of the Cool was released on the label in 1949.
Blue Note has faithfully chronicled key trends in jazz, from the development of hard bop up to 1960s avant-garde. Never shy of trends, it has released hip-hop-and acid jazz-influenced music in recent years.
In a more mainstream domain, Norah Jones released her Come Away With Me album on the label in 2002. The record has sold a phenomenal 26 million copies.