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Richard Cook: Blue Note Records – The Biography.

On the cover Lee Morgan as photographed by Francis Wolff

Today I finished the book by Richard Cook: Blue Note Records – The Biography. Originally published in the UK in 2001. Blue Note records was founded by the German immigrants Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff, who started the label with a first recording session on 6th January 1939. The book is not so much about the two founders but focuses on the endless stream of released (and not released) jazzalbums , the musicians, the repertoire and the ups and downs of the label in both artistic and financial terms. The book also describes the relaunch of the label in 1984  when EMI hired Bruce Lundvall, an Elektra Records executive and jazzfan. A fantastic story which is in fact also a description of the history of Hardbop. Highly recommended for all jazzfans who have an interest in the history of jazz. Here a YT video of one of the Blue Note heroes, Horace Silver with his famous composition “Song for my Father”.

Cook, Richard -Blue Note Records, 2001,2003 Justin,Charles & Co.,Publishers.

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