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The Blue Note Label: A Discography (Discographies) [Hardcover]

by Michael Cuscuna, Michel Ruppli

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August 8, 1988 0313220182 978-0313220180
This discography consists of a complete listing of all the sessions recorded by the Blue Note label, starting in 1939, and extending through the label's temporary demise in 1981 and subsequent revitalization in 1985. The first part of the discography details all the sessions conducted by Lion and Wolff from 1939 through mid-1967. All existing takes are listed and numbered. The next section lists all the Blue Note sessions of 1967 through 1979, when the label became part of the Liberty and then EMI recording companies. Part 3 and 4 of the discography list Blue Note reissues of material from EMI and other labels. Part 5 details Blue Note sessions made or issued by the new Blue Note series, which was started in 1985. Sessions are listed with all available information on personnel, recording locations and dates, and master and issue numbers. Part 6 lists single series, Part 7 lists album series, and both provide comprehensive lists of foreign issues along with a table of equivalent U.S. singles or albums. Foreign reissues that are identical to U.S. issues are not listed. The work then provides compact disc and cassette tape listings, and concludes with an artist index. The index contains all the names appearing in the session listings, and indicates cases where the artists appeared as sideman.

Editorial Reviews


“From 1939 until the late 1960s, much of the best in recorded mainstream jazz was issued on the Blue Note label, which set the standard for excellence in both music and production. The company was sold in 1965, and by the time of its demise in 1981 had begun to emphasize jazz-rock fusion music. Recently, however, Capitol Records resurrected the name with the stated intention of returning to the values of the original owners. The present work provides complete discographical information on every recording made or issued by Blue Note. Included is also an index of listed artists, a history of the label, and 11 pages of photographs. Although partial discographies of the Blue Note catalog have been published previously, this is the first comprehensive one to appear. One of the authors is an acknowledged authority on Blue Note and the other is a widely published discographer. Because of the importance of Blue Note in the history of jazz, this meticulously prepared book would be a worthwhile addition to any music reference section in either public or academic libraries.”–Choice

“Jazz record collectors have been frustrated for years by incomplete, often inaccurate discographies, but Michael Cuscuna (a veteran jazz producer and extraordinary archivist) and Michel Ruppli have compiled a thorough documentation of sessions recorded or leased by the historic Blue Note label. . . . The wealth of information and detail in this work is incredible. . . . Michael Cuscuna's tireless capacity for research. Numerous cross references, including 10-inch albums, foreign issues, cassette and compact disc catalog numbers make the book easy to use . . . well worth the investment.”–Chattanooga News

Book Description

Provides a complete discography of all recordings made or issued on the Blue Note label from 1939 through 1999.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Discographies (Book 29)
  • Hardcover: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press (August 8, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313220182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313220180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,642,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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