Blue Note Records COMPLETE CATALOG BLUE NOTE RECORDS The Finest in Hot Jazz [1944]

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New York: Blue Note Records, [1944]. Single leaft folded four times, paper tanned with a small paper clip mark to top of rear, NEAR FINE. Blue Note Records, founded in 1939, was a very important label for African American jazz musicians.

“The Blue Note label initially consisted of Lion and Max Margulis, a communist writer who funded the project. The label’s first releases were traditional ‘hot’ jazz and boogie woogie, and the label’s first hit was a performance of “Summertime” by soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet, which Bechet had been unable to record for the established companies. Musicians were supplied with alcoholic refreshments, and recorded in the early hours of the morning after their evening’s work in clubs and bars had finished. The label soon became known for treating musicians uncommonly well—setting up recording sessions at congenial times, and allowing the artists to be involved in all aspects of the record’s production.

“Francis Wolff, a professional photographer, emigrated to the US at the end of 1939 and soon joined forces with Lion, a childhood friend. In 1941, Lion was drafted into the army for two years. Milt Gabler at the Commodore Music Store offered storage facilities and helped keep the catalog in print, with Wolff working for him. By late 1943, the label was back in business recording musicians and supplying records to the armed forces. Willing to record artists that most other labels would consider to be uncommercial, in December 1943 the label initiated more sessions with artists such as pianist Art Hodes, trumpeter Sidney DeParis, clarinetist Edmond Hall, and Harlem stride pianist James P. Johnson, who was returning to a high degree of musical activity after having largely recovered from a stroke suffered in 1940.” (Wikipedia)

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