Justin, Charles &
Non-fiction/Music, 288 pp., 6 1/4 x 8 3/4
12 black & white photographs
$24.95 cl., ISBN: 1-932112-10-3
Blue Note Records is more than just a label.
It is the heart of jazz. It is Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk,
Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins and the ubiquitous Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers - all making their most significant early
recordings under the auspices of the Blue Note genius.
This book, the first if its kind, chronicles
the life of the most famous and influential jazz label of
them all. Blue Note Records is still the conspicuous arbiter
of style that continues to have influence. Here is the detailed
history of the label from the beginning days in 1939: from
the development, to the rise, fall and rebirth, Richard Cook
examines life behind the scenes and a parallel analysis of
all the major records released throughout Blue Note's history.
"Cook paints a memorable picture...his
dry turn of phrase enlivens every chapter."
— The Times, London
Richard Cook is the co-author of The Penguin
Guide to Jazz on CD and is currently the editor of Jazz
Review. He lives in west London (more).