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by Richard Havers

eBook Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression download ISBN: 1452141444
Author: Richard Havers
Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 11, 2014)
Language: English
Pages: 399
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Richard Havers's illustrated history, 'Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression', presents dozens of period album covers as well as candid photographs of nightclub scenes and recording sessions.

Richard Havers's illustrated history, 'Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression', presents dozens of period album covers as well as candid photographs of nightclub scenes and recording sessions. The Wall Street Journal. This authoritative 400-page book compiles the definitive history of what was arguably the most influential jazz label in the history of modern music

Uncompromising Expression, the phrase from Blue Note’s mission statement that Richard Havers applies to his lavishly illustrated history of the label, also serves as a definition of jazz.

Uncompromising Expression, the phrase from Blue Note’s mission statement that Richard Havers applies to his lavishly illustrated history of the label, also serves as a definition of jazz. Duke Ellington actually proposed renaming the music played by his band, because jazz to him was a smutty synonym for having sex. He preferred to describe his repertoire as the American Idiom, or the Music of the Freedom of Expression.

Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best- known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders' commitment to & Expression'. Tracing the evolution of jazz from the boogie- woogie and swing of the 1930s, through bebop, funk and fusion, to the eclectic mix Blue Note releases today, the book also narrates a complex social history from the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the developments in music and technology in the late 20th century.

Authored by Richard Havers, the new Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression book is. .

Authored by Richard Havers, the new Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression book is the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records.

Uncompromising Expression. Purveyor of extraordinary music and an arbiter of cool, Blue Note is the definitive jazz label-signing the best artists, pioneering the best recording techniques, and lead cover design trends with punchy, iconic artwork and typography that shaped the way we see the music itself. The roster of greats who cut indelible sides for the label include Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Norah Jones, and many more.

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Producers Richard Havers and Tim Breach undertook a Sisyphean task here. Blue Note issued hundreds of singles in both 78 and 45 rpms from its founding in 1939 through the latter heydays of the late '70s, and continues to release them in various formats in the 21st century. It was impossible to satisfy anyone who had more than a cursory interest in the label, let alone everyone, in only 75 tracks.

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Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best- known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders commitment to Uncompromising Expression.

Richard Havers' new book commemorates 75 years of jazz record label Blue Note Records. Published by Thames and Hudson it's 400 pages of rare photographs, recording anecdotes, legendary album covers, historic impact and never before seen memorabilia and documents. Richard took time out to enlighten Jazz FM's Chris Philips, a huge fan of the label, on the journey and joy that manifested this incredible document.

Blue Note is not only known as the purveyor of extraordinary jazz but is also famous as an arbiter of cool. Item: Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression. The Illustrated Book Of Songs

Blue Note is not only known as the purveyor of extraordinary jazz but is also famous as an arbiter of cool. The photography of co-founder Francis Wolff and the cover designs of Reid Miles were integral to the labels success and this highly illustrated, landmark publication featuring the very best photographs, covers, and ephemera from the archives, including ed material commemorates Blue Notes momentous contribution to jazz, to art and design as well as to revolutionizing the music business. Label, Brand: Thames & Hudson. The Illustrated Book Of Songs.

Purveyor of extraordinary music and an arbiter of cool, Blue Note is the definitive jazz label—signing the best artists, pioneering the best recording techniques, and lead cover design trends with punchy, iconic artwork and typography that shaped the way we see the music itself. The roster of greats who cut indelible sides for the label include Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Norah Jones, and many more. Published for Blue Note's seventy-fifth anniversary, this landmark volume is the first official illustrated story of the label, from 1939 roots to its renaissance today. Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.
Comments: (7)
Purebinder
Wow. Wow! This is a sumptuous, beautiful, informative, and interesting book, published on the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, for deep fans (like me) of the label. My copy, published by Thames & Hudson (England) is quality through and through. The thick paper stock is a beautiful matte finish (some may have wanted a glossier stock), and the graphics are crisp and bright for matte paper, yet have the feel of that whole "Blue Note" era. And at 400 pages this is a pretty definitive look at the label. The U.S. edition, published by Chronicle Books, has no differences from the U.K. edition. The author, Richard Havers, (who was responsible for the equally fine book "Verve: The Sound Of America" a while back) has put together a pretty all-encompassing look at the record label. If you're familiar with that book this Blue Note tome is along the same lines as far as quality.

"John Hammond is really responsible for my getting started without him even knowing it." Alfred Lion.

Included are Forwards by Wayne Shorter, Don Was, and Robert Glasper. Along with this book there's a 75 track collection of singles that spans the "Blue Note era" beginning with Meade Lux Lewis, and ends with Derrick Hodge. Besides an informative and interesting text, it's (obviously) the graphics that are the real show-stoppers here. Included are album covers, posters, flyers/ads, press releases, notes on various sessions, and (again, obviously) many photographs (including a beautifully atmospheric full page b&w shot of Eric Dolphy from the "Out To Lunch" sessions) of the label's musicians--on stage and in the studio. But that's not all--also here are photos of studios and equipment and photos of Rudy Van Gelder, the engineer that had a large part in the "Blue Note sound" that fans (like me) have always loved.

"Rudy's a very knowledgeable and soulful person." Alfred Lion on Rudy Van Gelder.

"Alfred Lion knew just what he wanted and he took the time to get it." Rudy Van Gelder.

"I liked that modern look, you can even see it on the very early Blue Notes." Alfred Lion.

The text essentially begins with Alfred Lion in Germany meeting the great Sidney Bechet. From there the story moves to New York City and the first days of the new record label. The story continues with everyone from Meade Lux Lewis, to Albert Ammons, to Fats Navarro, to Monk, to Miles Davis, to Bud Powell, and many other musicians, and into the 1950's-1970's, and on into the present with Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, and others. Havers discusses the label's hey-day and then it's decline when the label lost it's identity, and then a rebirth with new cutting edge artists of the present. Plus, many albums are individually highlighted with each album cover on a facing page and then a few pages on that particular album.

"Horace came up with the (Jazz Messengers) name. That was the birth of what's still called the Blue Note sound." Michael Cuscuna.

If you're a fan of the "Blue Note sound" and the almost equally fine graphics of the label's albums and/or that whole period in jazz, this is a book you need to see. The singles collection box set isn't as important as the book simply because most (if not all) fans will already own many/most of the tracks included. But if a lot of this music is new to you, the box set is a great purchase. And it does make for a great combination gift--which I wouldn't turn down.

"Everything he did (in recording) was because he believed in the music." Leonard Feather on Alfred Lion.

If you're looking for more of a biography of the label, check out "Blue Note Records, The Biography", by Richard Cook, published in 2003. This book tells the story of the label from 1939 up to the recent era of Norah Jones, etc.. There's a lot of good detail about the many musicians who recorded for the label throughout it's history.
Kale
Nice book. A bit hastily put together though. some never before published photos from the blue note archive makes it thoroughly worth reading for the beginner and and the aficionados. My major bone of contention with this book is in some of the choices listed as in their top 75 Blue Albums of all time. I know these lists can often be a matter of personal choice but some of the choices are so inexplicable they border on the absurd. How they found room in a list of top 75 Blue notes to include so many recent Blue Note records while leaving out so many classic Blue Note titles is still a mystery. They included 2 albums by The 3 sounds while leaving out albums by the likes of Cliff Jordan, Louis Smith, Pete La Roca, Junior Mitchell, Freddie Redd and many more.

I seriously hope the management of Blue Note records will someday get out of the way and allow some serious and passionate author to truly give us a definitive volume on the his History of Blue Note the finest Jazz label the world has ever known.

Until then this will do
Landaron
the recordings on this great label make a perfect companion while reading about the label , the players and the records.
many photographs of hand written details from the records prior to release , overview of the sessions , etc is just amazing.
Uriel
Blue Note has never failed to deliver and still pumps out its founding principle of “uncompromising expressions” by young talents on the cutting edge of jazz. On coffee-table size book, Richard Havers lucidly writes about the 75 years history of the iconic American jazz label. While it is a good light reading of a particular American music scene, the book also contains abundant Blue Note’s signature album covers, inner sleeves, session notes, photos, contact sheets and even paper stashes which is used only in Japan. So you’ll experience a gorgeous feeling like turning the pages of a luxurious art museum catalogue. Havers also carries the development of center label together with vinyl etching signature, it would be a good guide for original seekers.

The reading part is divided into seven chapters. Each chapter contains plenty of two page reviews of concerned Blue Note records. “The crucible of Jazz” recounts the German situation of adolescent Alfred Lion, while “New York - the right place for the right person” illustrates the cradle of Jazz music. “The evangelist” explains how Lion starts a record company. We know the famous manifesto of “uncompromising expressions” was written by Lion’s early stage supporter, Max Margulis. “It’s a man’s world” depicts most brilliant era for the label. Havers wrote jazz was reinventing itself through every facet of Blue Note. During Lion’s life, according to Michael Cuscuna, there was three person he just flipped and had to record everything they did. They are Monk, Herbie Nicholes, and Andrew Hill. An anecdote Blakey forced Lion to record Silver’s “the preacher” is very interesting to know Lion’s taste. Lion told later he still thought the tune being cony. “A lion in winter” features the times from Van Gelder’s replacing of new recording studio to Englewood Cliffs till Lion’s decision of selling his 27 year old label to Liberty with an only decade history. We feels Lion’s resolution afresh, he keeps sending out “uncompromising expressions” even though making records doesn’t meet the cost. The label continued producing topflight albums. Record reviews on this era occupies more than a quarter volume of total pages. According to “the vital link,” the label lost the plot by the end of the ‘70s and lay dormant in America during the first half of ’80s. They are barely surviving on reissues in Europe and Japan. “Cometh the hour, cometh the men…and women” speaks out loudly the revival under a new leader, Bruce Landvall. The label becomes to enjoy commercial success again. The search for the new keeps Blue Note Records current and true to Lion’s principle. Havers refers to the former Japanese big jazz event, Mt.Fuji Jazz Festival with Blue Note. The Landvall’s maxim reaches deeply to our hearts. Youth passes swiftly, but if we’re lucky, immaturity can last a lifetime. He and his successor Don Was make a formidable team to prosper the label. Now, it’s time to hear the new release and vast back-catalogue of Blue Note.
the monster
Fantastic book with tons of great photos, if you're a jazz lover or person, this book is a must! - From Art Blakey to Tony Williams - Beautiful Quality Jam sessions, Blue Note Album Art cover photos! etc etc...
Karg
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my son and he absolutely loved it.
Gold Crown
excellent book, many pics, chronological & pictorial history of Blue Note records from 1939 to 1990's (less on the latter). Great detail on glory years of 1955-1975.