From the Blue Note Vault: The 1960s

By plasquatch plasquatch
updated 1 day ago

Blue note recorded way more than they could release. Unlike other labels whose vaults were decimated by tragedy or managerial ignorance, Blue Note held onto their tapes and released gems from the vaults quite often.

These are albums recorded in the 1960s that would not be released until five or more years after the session.

This list is not accurate or complete, but give me a break.

*I am not including the 1975-1976 2LP "Re-Issue Series" unless that was the session's only issue. It's complicated.

  1. The Incredible Jimmy Smith* - Open House

    Recorded March 22, 1960
    Released 1968

  2. Jimmy Smith - Plain Talk

    Recorded March 22, 1960
    Released 1968

  3. Dizzy Reece - Comin' On!

    4 For Sale from $16.50

    Recorded April 3 and July 27, 1960
    Released 1999

  4. Stanley Turrentine With The Three Sounds - Blue Hour

    The original LP "Blue Hour" was recorded on December 16, 1960 and released in 1961.
    The 2000 "Complete Sessions" release adds a five-song session from June 29, 1960.

  5. Lou Donaldson - Midnight Sun

    Recorded July 22, 1960
    Released 1980

  6. Harold Land - Take Aim

    Recorded July 25, 1960
    Released 1980

  7. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* - Like Someone In Love

    Recorded August 7 and 14, 1960
    Released 1967
    (The same sessions produced the LP "A Night in Tunisia," released in 1961)

  8. Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks - Street Singer

    Recorded September 1, 1960
    Released 1980 (Japan)
    (The same session produced the LP "Jackie's Bag," released in 1961)

  9. Ike Quebec - The Complete Blue Note 45 Sessions Of Ike Quebec

    Recorded July 1, 1959, September 25, 1960, and February 5 and 13, 1962
    Compiled 1987
    (As the title suggests, these tracks were originally released as singles)

    *See also "With a Song in My Heart"

  10. Tina Brooks - Back To The Tracks

    Recorded October 20, 1960
    Released 1990 (Japan) / 1998 (world)

  11. Grant Green - First Session

    Recorded November 26, 1960
    Released 2001

  12. Freddie Redd - Redd's Blues

    Recorded January 17, 1961
    Released 1989 (Mosaic), 1999 (Japan), 2002 (world)

  13. Stanley Turrentine - Comin' Your Way

    Recorded January 20, 1961
    Released 1987
    Originally released as part of the 2LP set "Jubilee Shouts" in 1978
    *See also "Jubilee Shouts"

  14. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Roots & Herbs

    Recorded February 18, 1961
    Released 1970

  15. Tina Brooks - The Waiting Game

    Recorded March 2, 1961
    Released 1985 (Mosaic) / 1999 (Japan) / 2002 (world)

  16. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* - The Witch Doctor

    Recorded March 14, 1961
    Released 1967

  17. Donald Byrd - Chant

    Recorded April 17, 1961
    Released 1979

  18. Jimmy Smith - Straight Life

    Recorded June 22, 1961
    Released 2007

  19. The Three Sounds - Babe's Blues

    Recorded August 13, 1961
    Released 1986
    (This session also produced the LP "Hey There," released in 1962)

  20. Grant Green - Remembering

    Recorded August 29, 1961
    Released 1980 (Japan) / 1998 (world)

  21. Stanley Turrentine - Z.T.'s Blues

    Recorded September 13, 1961
    Released 1985

  22. Lou Donaldson - A Man With A Horn

    Recorded September 25, 1961 and June 7, 1963
    Released 1999

  23. Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo

    Recorded October 12 and 20, 1961
    Released 1980

  24. Hank Mobley - Another Workout

    Recorded December 5, 1961
    Released 1985

  25. Donald Byrd - Free Form

    Recorded December 11, 1961
    Released 1966