Hard Bop, Soft Focus

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The Sidewinder19970728

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound, including reissue producer Michael Cuscuna and sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder. In the opening programme, he remembers the label's founder Alfred Lion and the Van Gelder home in Hackensack, where the first records were made. He talks to some of the musicians who began to define what became the Blue Note sound. It begins with the snaking sound of trumpeter Lee Morgan's hit `The Sidewinder'.

The Sidewinder19970801
0219970804

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound. 2: In the late 1940s, the dominant style in American jazz was bebop. The Blue Note label took up the challenge enthusiastically with artists such as Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell and also began to reshape the music, adapting it to a new commercial style that came to be known as hard bop.

0219970808
0319970811

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound. 3: The Blue Note label's sponsorship of what came to be known as hard bop began in earnest with recordings of artists like Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. Alyn Shipton considers the consolidation of what was to become a house style and a highly marketable product.

0319970815
0419970818

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound. 4: Though the Blue Note catalogue contrains some of the greatest names in modern jazz, there are others who have more or less disappeared from view, including saxophonist Tina Brooks and pianists Elmo Hope and Herbie Nichols. Alyn Shipton traces the story of these outsiders who made their own small contribution to the Blue Note success story.

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0519970825

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound. 5: In the latter part of the 60s, the Blue Note catalogue was poised sometimes uneasily between commercial funk and hard bop and a flirtation with the avant-garde. Alyn Shipton considers how the two halves were reconciled.

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0519970901

A six-part series in which Alyn Shipton looks at the history of the Blue Note record label and talks to some of those who defined its sound. 5: The Blue Note revival in the 1980s prompted serious questioning, not just of the label's new recording policy, but also regarding the huge back catalogue that was being managed by reissue producer Michael Cuscuna. Alyn Shipton discusses the Blue Note renaissance.

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