Blue Note Review:Volume Two

Un anno fa di questi tempi la Blue Note Records sfornava un elegantissimo box in edizione limitata (Blue Note Review: Volume One – Peace, Love & Fishing), tiratura di sole 1500 copie, contenente una serie di gadget oltre che naturalmente ottima musica sia in formato digitale che in vinile.

L’intenzione della label statunitense era quella di editare un box semestralmente, ma ovviamente tra il dire e il fare c’era di mezzo il prezzo non indifferente (200 dollari), sicchè solo ora lo stock è andato esaurito, e, di conseguenza ecco in arrivo il Blue Note Review Volume Two – Spirit & Time .

Ma andiamo per ordine, ecco cosa c’era nel primo box:

Included in Blue Note Review: Volume One – Peace, Love & Fishing are:

·         A 2-LP, 180g vinyl double album (2-CD set also included) of new & previously unreleased recordings by current Blue Note artists including Wayne Shorter Quartet, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gregory Porter, Kandace Springs, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, and Blue Note All-Stars featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Strickland.

·         A 180g vinyl reissue of the previously out-of-print rare classic catalog album Step Lightly by trumpeter Blue Mitchell, recorded in 1963 with Joe Henderson, Leo Wright, Herbie Hancock, Gene Taylor, and Roy Brooks, and featuring liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.

·         Two never-before-released Francis Wolff 12×12 lithographs of Wayne Shorter and Stanley Turrentine.

·         An exclusive John Varvatos-designed Blue Note scarf.

·         A “Jazz Is Not A Crime” turntable mat conceived by Ryan Adams.

·         A lifestyle zine featuring a fascinating collection of articles and musings including: a foreword by spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass, a poem by Jack Grapes, a conversation between Wayne Shorter and actor/comedian/jazz fanatic Jeff Garlin, an eloquent elegy for the late drummer Billy Higgins written by Charles Lloyd, and a true-to-life comic drawn by Keith Henry Brown about an encounter between Stanley Turrentineand Blue Note founder Alfred Lion as told in the words of Bobby Hutcherson.

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Ed ecco come si annuncia il secondo box, una (impegnativa) strenna natalizia:

Included in Blue Note Review: Volume Two – Spirit & Time: 

An exclusive new compilation album on 2-LP, 180g vinyl (CD version also included) of current drummers from the Blue Note roster and beyond includingBrian Blade, Kendrick Scott, Tony Allen, Chris Dave, Nate Smith, Eric Harland, and Rob Turner (of GoGo Penguin) paying tribute to the great Tony Williams by re-interpreting Williams’ compositions from the six albums he made for Blue Note between 1985-1992: Foreign Intrigue, Civilization, Angel Street,Native Heart, The Story Of Neptune, and Tokyo Live.  The album culminates with a previously unreleased recording of Williams’ quintet performing his tune “Juicy Fruit” from the 1992 concerts that produced Tokyo Live.
An all-analog audiophile 180g vinyl reissue of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ album Africaine featuring Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Walter Davis Jr., and Jymie Merritt. The album was recorded on November 10, 1959, but not first released until 1979. The session was Shorter’s first record date with The Jazz Messengers and featured two of his compositions: “Africaine” and “Lester Left Town.”
An all-analog audiophile 180g vinyl reissue of Bobby Hutcherson’s albumPatterns featuring James Spaulding, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, andJoe Chambers. The album was recorded on March 14, 1968, but not first released until 1980. Four of the album’s six compositions were written by Chambers, the drummer and composer who was a key collaborator

Ancora sul sito della Blue Note non compare l’offerta, per ora riservata ai sottoscrittori del primo box, ma i potenziali interessati possono seguire l’evoluzione dell’offerta sul web:

http://www.bluenote.com/

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