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Ride This ‘Trane: Blue Note Preps Complete Packages For Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane

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Brownie SpeaksThe 75th anniversary campaign for Blue Note Records is continuing with a trio of titles from some of the venerable jazz label’s all-time greatest artists.  Following up on the recent deluxe presentation from Miles Davis of his Complete Blue Note Recordings, the label has announced new collections for Clifford Brown, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.  The Miles volume represented his complete Blue Note recordings as a leader, derived from his 10-inch LPs Young Man with a Horn, Miles Davis Volume 2 and Volume 3 as well as the alternate takes issued on the 12-inch LPs Miles Davis Volume 1 and Volume 2 and the expanded CD issues of those two releases.  In that spirit, each of the new sets will present the artists’ original recordings sequenced as they were first released on 10-inch or 78 RPM singles – a marked departure from previous CD versions, which have used recording chronology or later 12-inch versions of the albums for their sequencing.  Also like the Davis release, each of these Blue Note Select collections will be housed in hardbound book-style packaging with a new essay, session photos, and original album art elements.  For those preferring their jazz digital-style, all packages will also be made available as digital downloads.

The 3-CD set Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings arrives from trumpet great Clifford Brown on June 10.  The set chronicles his three 10-inch albums from 1953 as recorded with trombonist J.J. Johnson (Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (New Faces New Sounds) and his own sextet (New Star on the Horizon).  It adds live recordings from New York’s fabled Birdland.  These performances were led by drummer Art Blakey, and feature Brown alongside Donaldson and pianist Horace Silver. Brownie Speaks presents the three original 10-inch album sequences for the first time since the mid-1950s, with the Birdland shows in their original performance sequence for the first time ever. The 34-page booklet includes a new essay by Kirk Silsbee.

Coltrane - SidemanNext up, on July 15, is another 3-CD set: John Coltrane and Friends’ Sideman: Trane’s Blue Note Sessions.  This set covers the period between 1956-1957 during which time saxophonist Coltrane was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet and was also playing with pianist Thelonious Monk (the subject of a future Blue Note Select project).  Sideman has been conceived by former Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall, and marks the first time Coltrane’s sideman sessions for Blue Note have been collected in one place.  (A similar collection, Side Steps, was issued collecting Coltrane’s Prestige Records sessions in 2009.)  These recordings include albums led by bassist Paul Chambers (Chambers’ Music, a.k.a. High Step, and Whims of Chambers), saxophonist Johnny Griffin (A Blowing Session) and pianist Sonny Clark (Sonny’s Crib). The entire set will be in mono, and premieres the mono version of Clark’s album on CD. The 34-page booklet boasts a new essay from Coltrane biographer and jazz historian Ashley Kahn, author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album.

After the jump: details on Blue Note Select’s upcoming release from Thelonious Monk, plus track listings and pre-order links!

The double-CD release of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Recordings is due this fall from Blue Note with an exact date not yet set.  The piano man’s first recordings in the late 1940s were made under the auspices of Blue Note, furthering the label’s transition to the new hard bop idiom.  These recordings, which include the first version of Monk’s classic composition (and future Miles Davis staple) “’Round Midnight” – originally titled “‘Round About Midnight” – were released on a series of fifteen 78 RPM singles. Later, the tracks were reissued on 10-inch and 12-inch LPs, but this collection offers the recordings in their original 78 RPM sequences for the first time on CD.  ‘Round Midnight also includes as bonus tracks the alternate takes that appeared on later LP and CD releases.  Nine of these vintage sides are not available on any currently-in-print Thelonious Monk CD, making this a must for collectors.

These special CD presentations join Blue Note’s ongoing 100-album vinyl reissue series which continues each month with a new group of titles from the label’s artists, past and present.  Readers who find themselves in Los Angeles might also want to join the label celebration at the Grammy Museum for the exhibit Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz.

You can peruse pre-order links and track listings for the Clifford Brown and John Coltrane releases below!   Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight is not yet available for pre-order.

Clifford Brown, Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1
  1. Get Happy- J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:53)
  2. Lover Man- J.J. Johnson Sextet (3:56)
  3. Capri- J.J. Johnson Sextet (3:42)
  4. Sketch 1- J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:28)
  5. Turnpike- J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:21)
  6. It Could Happen To You- J.J. Johnson Sextet (4:47)
  7. Capri (3:50)
  8. Turnpike (4:13)
  9. Get Happy {Alternate Take] (4:13)
  10. You Go To My Head- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:22)
  11. Brownie Speaks- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:49)
  12. Bellarosa- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:15)
  13. Cookin’- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:16)
  14. Carvin’ the Rock- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (3:58)
  15. De-Dah- Lou Donaldson-Clifford Brown Quintet (4:52)
  16. Carvin’ the Rock (3:52)
  17. Carvin’ the Rock (4:06)
  18. Cookin’ (3:08)
CD 2
  1. Cherokee- Clifford Brown Sextet (3:27)
  2. Easy Living- Clifford Brown Sextet (3:43)
  3. Wail Bait- Clifford Brown Sextet (4:02)
  4. Minor Mood- Clifford Brown Sextet (4:34)
  5. Hymn of the Orient- Clifford Brown Sextet (4:07)
  6. Brownie Eyes- Clifford Brown Sextet (3:56)
  7. Wail Bait- Clifford Brown Sextet (4:06)
  8. Cherokee- Clifford Brown Sextet (3:42)
  9. Hymn of the Orient- Clifford Brown Sextet (4:05)
  10. Announcement- Art Blakey Quintet (0:57)
  11. Wee-Dot- Art Blakey Quintet (6:54)
  12. Now’s the Time- Art Blakey Quintet (8:19)
  13. Confirmation- Art Blakey Quintet (9:25)
  14. Once In a While- Art Blakey Quintet (5:18)
  15. Mayreh- Art Blakey Quintet (6:17)
CD 3
  1. If I Had You- Art Blakey Quintet (3:40)
  2. Split Kick- Art Blakey Quintet (8:32)
  3. Lou’s Blues- Art Blakey Quintet (3:56)
  4. A Night In Tunisia- Art Blakey Quintet (9:45)
  5. Quicksilver- Art Blakey Quintet (6:44)
  6. Blues- Art Blakey Quintet (8:37)
  7. Wee-Dot- Art Blakey Quintet (6:53)
  8. The Way You Look Tonight- Art Blakey Quintet (9:58)
  9. Quicksilver- Art Blakey Quintet (8:52)

John Coltrane and Friends, Sideman: Trane’s Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. Dexterity
  2. Stablemates
  3. Easy To Love
  4. Visitation
  5. John Paul Jones (a.k.a. Trane’s Blues)
  6. Eastbound
  7. Trane’s Strain
  8. High Step
  9. Nixon, Dixon and Yates Blues
  10. Omicron
  11. Whims Of Chambers
  12. Nita

CD 2

  1. We Six
  2. Dear Ann
  3. Tale of The Fingers
  4. Just For The Love
  5. The Way You Look Tonight
  6. Ball Bearing
  7. All The Things You Are
  8. Smoke Stack
  9. Smoke Stack (alternate track)

CD 3

  1. With A Song In My Heart
  2. Speak Low
  3. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  4. Sonny’s Crib
  5. News For Lulu
  6. Sonny’s Crib (alternate take)
  7. Speak Low (alternate take)
  8. With A Song In My Heart (alternate take)

Discographical annotation for both titles is forthcoming.

Written by Joe Marchese

June 10, 2014 at 11:06

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  1. If someone could do an A/B sound comparison of this new Clifford Brown with the previous Clifford Brown on Blue Note boxset, I’d be grateful


    June 10, 2014 at 14:38

  2. So would I.


    June 11, 2014 at 21:35

  3. The older box from the early ’90’s wasn’t remastered. The new one has got to sound better (though I haven’t heard it). NB the new one doesn’t include the Pacific Jazz sessions from the West Coast


    July 2, 2014 at 02:18

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