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The Finest in Jazz

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Translated from the English by Tracey J. Evans and Reinhold Unger
21.6 x 27.7 cm
400 Pages
800 ills. in color and b/w
Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-3-944874-07-4


/ A musical and cultural history: informative, illuminating, cool

There’d be no jazz without Blue Note – what’s true for the music is also an accurate reflection of the label’s significance. Blue Note Records was the lone pioneer of a new, bold style of music. For us today, the story of Blue Note is a colorful thread leading through the labyrinth of the most exciting years of American cultural history. Jazz was anarchic, anti-bourgeois, freedom-loving, and brought musicians and audiences of different races together. Blue Note was the musical home to many early jazz heroes; the label developed new recording techniques and set trends in album cover art. The Blue Note design has become symbolic of jazz itself. 

The definitive book on Blue Note, this volume features all the label’s major albums since 1939 and a wealth of historical documents. Comprising 400 pages, it provides a comprehensive look inside the unique atmosphere of jazz’s golden age. The roster of Blue Note artists spans the entire history of jazz: Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Smith. Sublimely cool photographs show jazz masters at work: geniuses of the blue note.

Richard Havers is a jazz specialist at Universal Music Group where he has produced CD editions including Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz, Impulse! Records, and Ella Fitzgerald. His book, Verve – The Sound of America, was also published by Sieveking.