Sep 24th, 2008 // 4 Comments

Next year, the legendary jazz label Blue Note turns 70, and to celebrate they’ve put together the all-star septet the Blue Note 7–pianist Bill Charlap, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash–to release a new album and tour in early 2009. This is undoubtedly just the beginning of the label’s anniversary activities; with any luck there’ll be some kind of televised documentary as well. Who would want to resist watching Blue Note’s luminaries–too many to name comfortably here, but Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill, and Joe Henderson, just off the top of my head, ought to get you started–in their prime, in action?

  1. Captain Wrong

    I love Blue Note, but I think they already did a pretty definitive TV doc a few years ago. Dunno how much more they could squeeze outta that.

    Also, I’d really love to have more BN unreleased stuff (Green Acid, even the “Trainwreck” session) and albums never seen in the US on CD (Tyrone Washington, for one) than more RVG editions of the same old same old. Kthnks.

  2. DaeSu

    Allow me to add Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and just for that extra flava, Jimmy Smith.

  3. Dagnabbit.

    Dexter Gordon and Rumprolling Lee Morgan, plz. Maybe Sonny Rollins in his prime, because I saw him recently and it was not so hot.

  4. Reidicus

    It has little to do with how old he is — Sonny Rollins live has always been either big hit or big miss. (I was lucky to catch him on a good night at the Atlanta Jazz Festival a few years back.)

    Because he’s a huge melody guy and doesn’t play standard bebop “runs,” he’s either really inspired and blows some amazing stuff… or you should get your money back. But that’s the beauty of live music, isn’t it?

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