Friday, February 23, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: JImmy Smith - Home Cookin' LP

Our 7-day tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records comes to an end with the Hammond organ maestro Jimmy Smith. His "Home Cookin'" LP recorded in the great jazz-year of 1959 and released in 1961 is easily one of his best and a recommended starting places to experience Jimmy Smith. Dig "Messin Around.


  







Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Lou Donaldson - Alligator Boogaloo LP

Day 6 of a 7-day tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records brings us to sax super-hero dude Lou Donaldson. He has butt-loads of classic Blue Note album covers (Good Gracious!) but the folks here at Nitro-Retro particularly like the "Alligator Boogaloo" LP released in 1967.
From Wiki: "...
The success of the title track surprised Donaldson: 'We made the date and we were three minutes short. I said we don't have no more material. And the guy said just play anything for three minutes so we can fill out the time. So I just made the riff and naturally the guys could follow it. That's the only damn thing that sold on the record!' DIG.



  
  





Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' LP


Day 5 of a 1-week tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records brings us to jazz pianist Sonny Clark and his great "Cool Struttin'" LP from 1958. – Enjoy the memorable & catchy title track.








Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Sonny Rollins Vol.2 LP



Day 4 of our 1-week tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records brings us to saxaphonist Sonny Rollins and his classic self-titled LP "Sonny Rollins Vol. 2" – maybe more famous for the cover art photo than the music within. Released in 1957, here is the first track on the album, "Why Dont I". DIGIT.



  
  


Joe Jackson paying tribute...


Sonny Rollins' landmark album Saxaphone Colossus was issued on Prestige Records
but the cover art was in the classic Blue Note style.


Monday, February 19, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue LP


Day 3 of our 1-week tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records brings us to guitarist Kenny Burrell and his classic LP and title track from 1963 - "Midnight Blue". DIGIT.
* It's also noteworthy that he has the honor of having not 1, but 2 of his albums designed and illustrated by Andy Warhol. (see below)










Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Dexter Gordon - GO LP



Day 2 of our 1-week tribute to the art & music of Blue Note Records brings us to the great tenor sax-man Dexter Gordon, and his landmark LP "GO". Recorded and released in 1962. Todays tune is the first song on the album, entitled "Cheese Cake". DIGIT.









Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Art & Sounds of Blue Note: Hank Mobley - Turnaround LP


Here at Nitro-Retro we are BIG fans of the classic Blue Note album cover art just as much as the music and artists it produced.
Especially during a roughly 10-year span from the mid-50's to mid-60's. This post kicks off a 1 week-long tribute to Blue Note Records.
Boldly designed by the modernist graphic design talents of Reid Miles, he designed over 500 Blue Note album covers – mostly with free-range to experiment with photography, layout and typeface, giving a unique and signature look to the Blue Note label. Over the next 7 days, we will pay tribute to 1 album a day– focusing on the Reid Miles cover art for the artist and a favorite track from album.

Starting with the 1965 LP "The Turnaround" by the great tenor sax-man Hank Mobley
Enjoy the title track, "The Turnaround" (Song 1/Side 1). The album cover's large, bold black on white hand-painted curved-arrow illustration perfectly matches this stellar example of soul-jazz. DIGIT!