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AMERICAN LABELS

COLUMBIA RECORDS
The pioneers of album cover design

CLEF, NORGRAN, VERVE (1)
David Stone Martin

CLEF, NORGRAN, VERVE (2)
The photographic covers

BLUE NOTE  10" LPs
Searching for a modern jazz identity

BLUE NOTE  1500 series
Defining the hard bop style

BLUE NOTE  4000 series
Masterpieces of Reid Miles

PRESTIGE RECORDS
Images of East Coast jazz

RIVERSIDE RECORDS
Street cred with Thelonious Monk

PACIFIC JAZZ
Moods of Chet and Claxton

CONTEMPORARY
Cool West Coast, great Sound

SAVOY RECORDS
Masterworks by Charlie Parker

DIAL RECORDS
Small label, big Bird sound

ATLANTIC RECORDS
Bold and striking albums

EMARCY RECORDS
The classic drummer logo label

BETHLEHEM RECORDS
The beautiful design of Burt Goldblatt

DEBUT RECORDS
Artist-operated jazz label with Mingus & Roach

CANDID RECORDS
Legendary, early 1960s LPs

ESP-DISK
Free jazz and silk screened covers

IMPULSE RECORDS
Edgy and experimental

RCA VICTOR
The high spirit of Jim Flora

VARIOUS US labels (1)
ABC-Paramount, Aladdin, Argo, Capitol, Coral, Dawn, Decca,
and more

VARIOUS US labels (2)
Epic, Fantasy, HiFi, Imperial, Jazzland, Jazz West, Jubilee, Mercury, Mode, and more

VARIOUS US labels (3)
Roost, Signal, Storyville, Tampa, Transition, United Artists, Vee Jay, and more



EUROPEAN LABELS

SWEDEN (1)
The EP era and Metronome Records in 1950s

SWEDEN (2)
The LPs in the 1950s, and Swedish jazz abroad

SWEDEN (3)
Changing times in the 1960s

SWEDEN (4)
New energy to Swedish jazz in the 1970s

DENMARK
Montmartre, Debut Records and the heydays in Danish jazz

NORWAY
Krog and Garbarek, greats in Norwegian jazz

FINLAND
Plenty of merged styles in Finnish jazz

FRANCE
Americans in Paris, force in French jazz

ENGLAND
Esquire and Tempo, classic labels in British jazz

GERMANY
Jazz labels with strong identity

ITALY
Rare Italian jazz covers

HOLLAND
From Diamonds to ICP in
Dutch jazz

POLAND
Unique series of Polish jazz on Muza


OTHER COUNTRIES
Jazz labels around the world






         Blue Note blue-white label

Blue Note 4000 series

Masterpieces of Reid Miles

In 1958 Blue Note changed the numbering on their albums from 1500 to 4000, beginning with 4001 which was Sonny Rollins´ Newk´s Time. The series run into the 1970s with more than 400 albums.

Reid Miles continued to create most of the albums and the series includes many of his masterpieces. He stayed at the label into 1967.

Alfred Lion quits Blue Note the same year due to health problems. Francis Wolff died in 1971, and the rest of the old Blue Note finally died with him.

In 1965 Blue Note had been sold to Liberty, but without any changes in the music or graphic policy. But from 1967 some changes become obvious.

The hard bop, which Blue Note had documented in so many years, was in recession. The young audiences found little in jazz to interest them. Jazz wasn´t funky no longer.

Blue Note fought a losing battle aginst these signs of the time. In 1971 the label moved towards fusion, but most of all seemed to floundered around in search of a direction. The classic blue-white label was changed to a black-blue and then solid blue and the old "The Finest in Jazz Since 1939"-logo was mothballed.

By 1979 Blue Note was finished as active label, however to be back again in 1985 by Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna.


   Alfred Lion
     Alfred Lion with Hank Mobley
     Photo: Francis Wolff



         Blue Note black-blue label

         Blue Note blue label

             Labels from 1970s





See also

Blue Note 10" LPs

Blue Note 1500 series




LINKS

Blue Note Discography
jazzdisco.com


The Blue Note Label
Peter Losin


Blue Note Japanese pressings
discography


Sonny Rollins, Blue Note 4001 Sonny Rollins: Newk´s Time   Label: Blue Note 4001   12" LP 1958
 Photo: Francis Wolff

Blue Note  4000 series

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4003  Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers   Label: Blue Note 4003   12" LP 1958
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Buck Hoeffler
 
 

Dizzy Reece, Blue Note 4006  Dizzy Reece: Blues In Trinity   Label: Blue Note 4006   12" LP 1958
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4007  Donald Byrd: Off to the Races   Label: Blue Note 4007   12" LP 1958
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4008  Horace Silver: Finger Poppin´   Label: Blue Note 4008   12" LP 1958
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Bud Powell, Blue Note 4009  Bud Powell: The Scene Changes   Label: Blue Note 4009   12" LP 1958
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jimmy Smith, Blue Note 4011  Jimmy Smith; The Sermon!   Label: Blue Note 4011   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4013  Jackie McLean: New Soil   Label: Blue Note 4013   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4015  Art Blakey at the Jazz Corner of the World   Label: Blue Note 4015   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4017  Horace Silver: Blowin´ The Blues Away   Label: Blue Note 4017   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Illustration: Paula Donohue
 
 

Walter Davis, Blue Note 4018  Walter Davis Jr: Davis Cup   Label: Blue Note 4018   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Kenny Burrell, Blue Note 4021  Kenny Burrell at the Five Spot Cafe   Label: Blue Note 4021   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Dizzy Reece, Blue Note 4023  Dizzy Reece: Star Bright   Label: Blue Note 4023   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4024  Jackie McLean: Swing, Swang, Swinging   Label: Blue Note 4024   12" LP 1959
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4026  Donald Byrd: Fuego   Label: Blue Note 4026   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Freddie Redd, Blue Note 4027  Freddie Redd - Jackie McLean: The Connection   Label: Blue Note 4027   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Herb Snitzer
 
 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4029  Art Blakey: The Big Beat   Label: Blue Note 4029   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4031  Hank Mobley: Soul Station   Label: Blue Note 4031   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4034  Lee Morgan: Lee-Way   Label: Blue Note 4034   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Horace Parlan, Blue Note 4037  Horace Parlan: Us Three   Label: Blue Note 4037   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4038  Jackie McLean: Capuchin Swing   Label: Blue Note 4038   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4039  Stanley Turrentine: Look Out!   Label: Blue Note 4039   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4040  Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame   Label: Blue Note 4040   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Tina Brooks, Blue Note 40441  Tina Brooks: True Blue   Label: Blue Note 4041   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4042  Horace Silver: Horace-Scope   Label: Blue Note 4042   12" LP 1960
 Design: Paula Donohue
 
 

Freddie Redd, Blue Note 4045  Freddie Redd: Shades of Redd   Label: Blue Note 4045   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Duke Jordan, Blue Note 4046  Duke Jordan: Flight To Jordan   Label: Blue Note 4046   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Art Taylor, Blue Note 4047  Art Taylor: A.T.´s Delight   Label: Blue Note 4047   12" LP 1960
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4049  Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia   Label: Blue Note 4049   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles  
 

Art Taylor, Blue Note 4057  Stanley Turrentine: Blue Hour   Label: Blue Note 4057   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4058  Hank Mobley: Roll Call   Label: Blue Note 4058   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Kenny Drew, Blue Note 4059  Kenny Drew: Undercurrent   Label: Blue Note 4059   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4067  Jackie McLean: Bluesnik   Label: Blue Note 4067   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Horace Parlan, Blue Note 4074  Horace Parland: On the Spur of the Moment   Label: Blue Note 4074   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4080  Hank Mobley: Workout   Label: Blue Note 4080   12" LP 1961
 Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4083  Dexter Gordon: Dexter Calling   Label: Blue Note 4083   12" LP 1961
 Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Baby Face Willette, Blue Note 4084  Baby Face Willette: Stop and Listen   Label: Blue Note 4084   12" LP 1961
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4085  Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie   Label: Blue Note 4085   12" LP 1961
 Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Leo Parier, Blue Note Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4087  Leo Parker: Let Me Tell You 'Bout It   Label: Blue Note 4087   12" LP 1961
 Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4104  Art Blakey: Buhaina´s Delight   Label: Blue Note 4104   12" LP 1962
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4106  Jackie McLean: Let Freedom Ring   Label: Blue Note 4106   12" LP 1962
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4107  Don Wilkerson: Preach Brother   Label: Blue Note 4107   12" LP 1962
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4109  Herbie Hancock: Takin' Off   Label: Blue Note 4109   12" LP 1962
 Design and Photo: Reid Miles  
 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4112  Dexter Gordon: Go   Label: Blue Note 4112   12" LP 1962
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4121  Don Wilkerson: Elder Don   Label: Blue Note 4121   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4124  Donald Byrd: A New Perspective   Label: Blue Note 4124   12" LP 1963
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4126  Herbie Hancock: My Point of View   Label: Blue Note 4126   12" LP 1963
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4127  Kenny Dorham: Una Mas   Label: Blue Note 4127   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4133  Dexter Gordon: A Swingin´ Affair   Label: Blue Note 4133   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4140  Joe Henderson: Page One   Label: Blue Note 4140   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Johnny Coles, Blue Note 4144  Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C   Label: Blue Note 4144   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4145  Don Wilkerson: Shoutin'   Label: Blue Note 4145   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4146  Dexter Gordon: Our Man in Paris   Label: Blue Note 4146   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4149  Hank Mobley: No Room for Squares   Label: Blue Note 4149   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4156  Art Blakey: The Freedom Rider   Label: Blue Note 4156   12" LP 1963
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Eric Dolphy, Blue Note 4163  Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch   Label: Blue Note 4163   12" LP 1964
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4166  Joe Henderson: In ´n´ Out   Label: Blue Note 4166   12" LP 1964
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4173  Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer   Label: Blue Note 4173   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4175  Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles   Label: Blue Note 4175   12" LP 1964
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Crachan Moncur, Blue Note 4177  Grachan Moncur: Some Other Stuff   Label: Blue Note 4177   12" LP 1964
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4179  Jackie McLean: It´s Time   Label: Blue Note 4179   12" LP 1964
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4181  Kenny Dorham: Trompeta Toccata   Label: Blue Note 4181   12" LP 1964
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4182  Wayne Shorter: JuJu   Label: Blue Note 4182   12" LP 1964
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Duke Pearson, Blue Note 4191  Duke Pearson: Wahoo   Label: Blue Note 4191   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4194  Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil   Label: Blue Note 4194   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4195  Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage   Label: Blue Note 4195   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4196  Freddie Hubbard: Blue Spirits   Label: Blue Note 4196   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Note 4198  Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue   Label: Blue Note 4198   12" LP 1965
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4199  Lee Morgan: The Rumproller   Label: Blue Note 4199   12" LP 1965
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Pete La Roca, Blue Note 4205  Pete La Roca: Basra   Label: Blue Note 4205   12" LP 1965
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Sam Rivers, Blue Note 4206  Sam Rivers: Contours   Label: Blue Note 4206   12" LP 1965
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4209  Hank Mobley: Dippin'   Label: Blue Note 4209   12" LP 1965
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4215  Jackie McLean: Right Now!   Label: Blue Note 4215   12" LP 1965
 Design: Reid Miles
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4219  Wayne Shorter: The All Seeing eye   Label: Blue Note 4219   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Larry Young, Blue Note 4221  Larry Young: Unity   Label: Blue Note 4221   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles
 
 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4222  Lee Morgan: Cornbread   Label: Blue Note 4222   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4227  Mode for Joe Henderson   Label: Blue Note 4227   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4230  Hank Mobley: A Caddy for Daddy   Label: Blue Note 4230   12" LP 1966
 Design and photo: Reid Miles
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4232  Wayne Shorter: Adam's Apple   Label: Blue Note 4232   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Cecil Taylor, Blue Note 4237  Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures   Label: Blue Note 4237   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4240  Stanley Turrentine: Rough'n Tumble   Label: Blue Note 4240   12" LP 1966
 Design: George Wright   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4256  Stanley Turrentine: The Spoiler   Label: Blue Note 4256   12" LP 1966
 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff
 
 

Ornette Coleman, Blue Note 4287  Ornette Coleman; New York Is Now!   Label: Blue Note 4287   12" LP 1968
 Design: Forlenza Venosa Associates   Photo: Frances Wolff
 
 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4292  Donald Byrd: Slow Drag   Label: Blue Note 4292   12" LP 1968
 Design: Forlenza Venosa Associates   Photo: Charles Keddie
 
 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4297  Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia   Label: Blue Note 4297   12" LP 1968
 Photo: Charles Keddie
 
 

 
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