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Blue '60s: Blue Note Strikes a Radical Chord

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Blue Note joins the picket lines and protesters with 11 slices of radical bop from circa 1970. One of the more obscure collections from the label, the disc still features such stable greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, and Lee Morgan. The mix ranges from the political (Herbie Hancock's M.L.K. homage "I Have a Dream") to the recreational (Morgan's "Psychedelic"), with Horace Silver taking the prize for his to-the-point contribution, "Acid, Pot and Pills." Whether it's Vietnam (Grant Green's "Cease the Bombing") or a cultural edict in the spotlight (Turrentine's "Blowing in the Wind"), Blue '60s keeps up the vigil in fine fashion.

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