After Alfred Lion quit Blue Note Records in 1967, following the purchase of the label he founded by Liberty Records, there was a period of rapid change for the company; a period that some continue to feel was not a good one for Blue Note. Yet it was the music from this era of flux that hip-hop artists would rediscover towards the end of the 20th century. Lou Donaldson’s ‘It’s Your Thing’ and Jack McDuff’s ‘Oblighetto’, (both recorded in 1969), along with Grant Green’s ‘Down Here on the Ground’ (recorded in 1970), are from albums that, as a body of work, have not held up, but which have nevertheless proved influential. The most sampled Blue Note recording is Lou Donaldson’s ‘Ode to Billie Joe’, recorded in October 1967, in the month after Lion’s retirement, and released the following year on the album Mr Shing-A-Ling.
Blue Note’s Most Sampled Recording