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10 Essential Albums From Blue Note Records

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 06:35pm | Post a Comment

10 Essential Blue Note AlbumsSome of our staff have picked out essential albums from Blue Note Records that should satisfy both the purist and the newcomer to go along with Sonos Studio’s brilliant exhibition celebrating the label's 75th anniversary.

A bit about Blue Note’s history: The label was in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, getting its name from the “blue notes” of blues and jazz, or notes sung a bit lower than the major scale for expressive purposes. Moving from traditional jazz to some bebop (including artists like Thelonious Monk) in the 1940s and hard bop (artists such as Horace Silver) in the 1950s, Blue Note distinguished itself by paying musicians for rehearsals as well as recordings, in order to ensure a better final product. With iconic album artwork by Esquire designer Reid Miles (using photographs of the musician in session, taken by Blue Note’s Francis Wolff), Blue Note made its name as one of the most influential labels in jazz music, later issuing records by free jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and popular musicians like Herbie Hancock, having records sampled in hip-hop records by the likes of Madlib and, now, seeing massive success with mainstream artists like Norah Jones.

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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

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Photo by Ralf Strathmann

Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop is Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. The exhibition celebrates the legendary jazz and blues label's 75th anniversary and features Blue Note’s iconic album art (originally by artist Reid Miles, using photographs of the musicians in session by photographer Francis Wolff) remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The opening of the exhibition featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some more stunning photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):

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Huge Jazz & Blues LP Collection Hits Amoeba SF this Saturday!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 05:45pm | Post a Comment
Once again, we have hit the collectors' motherload as a huge Jazz & Blues LP collection has come into our hands at the Amoeba San Francisco store. We have hundreds of rare titlesmany Blue Note label LPs and DJ promo labels, and we are going to make them available for your browsing and buying pleasure this Saturday, October 6th





 

Sweet Hearts with Priscilla Ahn and Charlie Wadhams in LA, 4/29

Posted by Amoebite, April 19, 2012 12:18pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba is delighted to present Sweet Hearts featuring Priscilla Ahn and Charlie Wadhams at LA’sSweet Hearts Bootleg Bar on April 29th!

Ahn, who recently released two albums for Blue Note (When You Grow Up and A Good Day) has a warm, welcoming voice. Wadhams songwriting was just featured in the film Walk Hard.

Please join us for this great night of music! More info HERE.

“Together, they sound like Belle & Sebastian -- minus the twee." - Huffington Post




The End Or A New Beginning For Fania...

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 10, 2009 01:40am | Post a Comment

I should have been clued in when Fania Records promised to be a sponsor for a club called Anda! that I do with fellow deejays Gazooo, Ray Ricky Rivera and Mando Fever. The folks at Fania suddenly backed out on their sponsorship for no apparent reason other than to say that there were going to be "changes in the company." Then I read this today: according to an announcement made on Decarga.com, Emusica, who had purchased Fania in 2005, has sold Fania to Signal-Equity, a company that, according to their website, specializes in “leveraged buy-outs, roll-ups, restructurings and secondary purchases of investment portfolios in the media and technology sectors.”

Also according to Descarga.com, it seems that Signal-Equity intends to be respectful of the catalog and “appears to be committed to doing the right thing with this historically significant material.” Formal announcements and future release dates are planned for late summer or early fall.

What does this mean for the fans of Fania Music? Signal-Equity seems like it’s one of those companies that takes failing businesses and turns them around for a profit. The best-case scenario is that Signal-Equity will improve upon what Emusica has started with the catalog. Emusica did a great job reissuing and re-mastering the classic titles that have been out of print for decades. However, my criticism is that there were way too many compilations, including ones aimed at people new to Fania Records that neither appealed to new fans nor Fania enthusiasts. Also, there were way too many “Greatest Hits” packages, many from the same artists. Currently, there are five different Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz “collections,” most of which contain the same songs. Perhaps Signal-Equity will focus on the many titles that were still in the Fania vaults rather than barrage their customers with endless greatest hits packages?

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