Sunday, June 12, 2022

VA - Ultimate Free Soul, Blue Note [2014] (3 x CD's)


VA - Ultimate Free Soul,  Blue Note [2014] (3 x CD's)

The soaring spirit of Blue Note Records,  served up here with a really special twist to fit the mode of the Free Soul series! The package is overflowing with goodness, four hours' worth of listening, with a special focus on two periods of the label, that great late 60's/early 70's stretch when they were trying out so many new ideas and rhythms, including elements borrowed from soul, Latin, fusion, and Brazilian modes, and the more recent stretch that has seen Blue Note re-emerge as one of the most forward-thinking labels in jazz! CD's 1 and 2 feature older gems  including "Lover To Lover" by Maxi Anderson, "Kathy" by Moacir Santos, "As" by Gene Harris, "Tuesday Heartbreak" by Ronnie Foster, "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "To See A Smile" by Ronnie Foster, "Where Are We Going" by Donald Byrd, "You're Welcome Stop On By" by Lou Donaldson, "Save The Children" by Marlena Shaw, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "In Pursuit Of The 27th Man" by Horace Silver, "Early Morning Love" by Moacir Santos, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Stormy" by Duke Pearson. CD3 features newer work – including "Come To My Door" by Jose James, "Holding Onto You" by Derrick Hodge, "Maiden Voyage" by Dianne Reeves, "Praise" by Aaron Parks, "You're Still The One" by Otis Brown III with Gretchen Parlato, "Ain't Misbehavin" by Jason Moran with Meshell Ndegeocello, "No Love Dying" by Gregory Porter, "Afro Blue" by Robert Glasper with Erykah Badu, "Please Set Me At Ease" by Madlib, and "Won't You Open Up Your Senses" by 4Hero with Vanessa Freeman. (Amazon)


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Track lists


01 Maxi Anderson Lover To Lover 4:13

02 Ronnie Foster To See A Smile 4:02

03 Moacir Santos Early Morning Love 3:22

04 Duke Pearson Sandalia Dela 3:28

05 Gene Harris As 4:08

06 Donald Byrd You And Music 5:13

07 Ronnie Laws Always There 4:36

08 Bobbi Humphrey Blacks And Blues 4:36

09 Moacir Santos Kathy 3:34

10 Horace Silver Won't You Open Up Your Senses 3:52

11 Donald Byrd Where Are We Going 4:37

12 Duke Pearson Stormy 3:31

13 Bobby Hutcherson Montara 4:56

14 Marlena Shaw Feel Like Makin' Love 5:00

15 Donald Byrd (Fallin' Like) Dominoes 4:20

16 Bobbi Humphrey You Make Me Feel So Good 6:13

17 Gene Harris Peace Of Mind 4:32

18 Bobbi Humphrey Harlem River Drive 6:11


01 Lonnie Smith Son Of Ice Bag 5:44

02 Ronnie Foster Tuesday Heartbreak 4:46

03 John Coltrane Moment's Notice 9:06

04 Mccoy Tyner Message From The Nile 2:22

05 Duke Pearson The Phantom 8:29

06 Horace Silver In Pursuit Of The 27th Man 4:28

07 Donald Byrd Think Twice 6:07

08 Lou Donaldson You're Welcome, Stop On By 3:54

09 Lonnie Smith Move Your Hand 7:17

10 Gene Harris Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong 3:05

11 Bobby Hutcherson Little B's Poem 5:08

12 Donald Byrd Elijah 6:57

13 Marlena Shaw Save The Children 4:08

14 Herbie Hancock Speak Like A Child 7:44

15 Horace Silver Kathy 4:16


01 Cassandra Wilson A Little Warm Death 5:45

02 Norah Jones Sunrise 3:19

03 Jose James Come To My Door 5:06

04 Madlib Please Set Me At Ease 4:49

05 Robert Glasper Experiment Feat. Erykah Badu Afro Blue 5:08

06 Ronny Jordan Feat. Fay Simpson Keep Your Head Up 4:41

07 4 Hero Feat. Vanessa Freeman Won't You Open Up Your Senses 3:48

08 Gregory Porter No Love Dying 3:55

09 Lionel Loueke Feat. Gretchen Parlato Hope 7:30

10 Terence Blanchard Footprints 7:29

11 Jason Moran Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello Ain't Misbehavin' 3:42

12 Otis Brown Iii Feat. Gretchen Parlato You're Still The One 5:02

13 Derrick Hodge Feat. Alan Hampton Holding Onto You 4:48

14 Aaron Parks Praise 4:40

15 Dianne Reeves With Geri Allen Maiden Voyage 6:56

16 Cassandra Wilson Time After Time 4:06




  1. Replies
    1. Hi Bob Mac,
      I am considering a new Jazz post every Sunday going forward.
      Maybe there will be more that you like.

    2. Buterboy: Jazz, in particular the Blue Note albums with their soul-jazz and more R&B flavored jazz, is a growing interest for me. In recent years I've collected many such albums from Egroj World. For decades I was purely a 'bluesman' but I've now come to feel that with blues I've heard it all. There's no more joy of discovery for me. Long ago I heard all the blues greats, pretty well heard every song they ever recorded, and the new current crop of blues artists are mostly just redoing what the greats did before them. So my developing interest in jazz is giving me fresh discoveries, just as the blues did back in the late 60s & 1970s.

    3. Bob Mac - I went through the same feeling some 20 plus years ago. Blues music tends to get redundant. Jazz has so many sub-genres that you can keep it fresh. Thanks again, BB!

  2. Fantastic comp! Thanks, BB!

  3. Wellknown tunes together with some new sounds for my ears is something I really like. Thank you BB for another fantastic gift!

    1. Thanks Manolis.
      This type of jazz is very interesting to me.

  4. Thanks again, somehow I missed this excellent Blue Note Comp.

    1. You're welcome, drfeelgoed.
      New Jazz music every Sunday...