As a part of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Record there is now an exclusive iTunes store dedicated to placing all the label’s catalogue in one convenient place. During the course of the coming year 100 Blue Note albums will be made available in the Mastered for iTunes format ensuring the best quality through increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers originally intended.
The Blue Note destination will highlight current and classic releases, including a monthly Artist Spotlight that begins today with Don Was taking a look at the landmark Blue Note recordings of the legendary keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock, whose Blue Note catalog includes his debut album Takin’ Off, recorded 1962, along with numerous classics such as My Point Of View, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage, and Speak Like A Child.
New releases featured today at iTunes.com/BlueNote include a 75-track anniversary collection titled Blue Note 75 that spans the label’s entire history as well as six exclusive introductory 10-track Blue Note 101 compilations. A series of Blue Note Select collections will also be featured beginning with Miles Davis’ Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums on May 19, and Clifford Brown’s Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings, which will be released June 10.
Those of you in the USA can also check out Blue Note Radio – one of the first label branded stations on iTunes Radio – thatwill stream tracks covering all 75 years of Blue Note Jazz from Thelonious Monk to Robert Glasper. The station will continually grow as new music is released, including recent albums from Ambrose Akinmusire (The imagined savior is far easier to paint), Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band (Landmarks), and Takuya Kuroda (Rising Son), as well as upcoming releases from Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, Wayne Shorter, and more.