Sunday, September 4, 2022

Blue Note 7 - Mosaic (A Celebration of Blue Note Records) [2009] (2 x CD's)




Blue Note 7 - Mosaic (A Celebration of Blue Note Records) [2009] (2 x CD's)

From the jump in 1939 jazz aficionados Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff, emigres from Berlin, followed their instincts by recording great artists playing pure jazz. The 50's and 60's were, and still are, considered the classic Blue Note period in relation to not only what they recorded but the engineering of Rudy Van Gelder, the photography of Frank Wolff, and, eventually, the art direction of Reid Miles.  The so-called hard bop of the mid- 50s in New York essentially began with a Blue Note album, Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers. What hard bop did was to draw on rural blues and gospel music in finding a whole new audience for jazz.  The idea for a group to carry forth the tribute during Blue Note's 70th year originated with booking agent Jack Randall, and was formed by musical director Bill Charlap, Randall, and Danny Melnick. When plans for the extensive tour reached more than 50 American cities, the idea of a recording was inevitable.

The Blue Note 7 was formed in 2008 in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. Mosaic (A Celebration of Blue Note Records) is the 2009 debut album by The Blue Note 7. The Blue Note 7 was not conceived as an all-star group but it is stellar in stature. It is more than a tribute band, a cadre with a cohesive compatibility, dealing with powerful music and reinterpreting it through their new arrangements and individual solos. The group consists of Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Charlap (piano), Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Lewis Nash (drums), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Peter Washington (bass), and Steve Wilson (alto saxophone, flute). (Amazon)

This album is available as a 2 disc Amazon exclusive, with the other disc containing the original versions. For hard bop fans, a quick reference to the source material. For new fans, get to know what the excitement was all about. Follow your own instincts to explore more great music and become addicted as so many of us are today. A great Blue Note performance can make the worst day bearable and a great day better.



Track lists


1 Blue Note 7 Mosaic 8:32

02 Blue Note 7 Inner Urge 7:35

03 Blue Note 7 Search For Peace 7:59

04 Blue Note 7 Little B's Poem 6:27

05 Blue Note 7 Criss Cross 6:55

06 Blue Note 7 Dolphin Dance 7:07

07 Blue Note 7 Idle Moments 6:35

08 Blue Note 7 The Outlaw 6:29


01 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Mosaic 8:12

02 Joe Henderson Inner Urge (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 11:58

03 Mccoy Tyner Search For Peace (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:31

04 Bobby Hutcherson Little B's Poem 5:11

05 Thelonious Monk Criss Cross (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 2:57

06 Herbie Hancock Dolphin Dance (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 9:16

07 Grant Green Idle Moments (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 14:55

08 Horace Silver Quintet The Outlaw (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:04