Various Artists

One Night with Blue Note Preserved

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This four-LP set, whose material was also made available as single LPs and single CDs, not only extensively documented a historic concert that paid tribute to the Blue Note label's legacy but was the start of that important record company's comeback. Vol. 1 features veterans Herbie Hancock on piano, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson on remakes of "Canteloupe Island" and "Recorda Me" and a pair of Hutcherson pieces but flutist James Newton takes honors with his version of Eric Dolphy's "Hat and Beard." The second set features strong advanced hard bop music from an all-star quintet (pianist McCoy Tyner, altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Woody Shaw, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Jack DeJohnette), a trio workout by tenor Bennie Wallace and a typically intense piano solo from Cecil Taylor. The third album has an Art Blakey reunion band playing "Moanin'," numbers featuring either tenor Stanley Turrentine or altoist Lou Donaldson with organist Jimmy Smith, guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Grady Tate, and two songs in which Grover Washington, Jr., (on soprano) plays with Burrell, Tate and bassist Reggie Workman. The final set has five numbers by Charles Lloyd (on tenor and flute at the beginning of a successful comeback), pianist Michel Petrucciani, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Jack Dejohnette but saves the best for last, two amazing guitar solos from Stanley Jordan. obviously this music on a whole is highly recommended for all jazz collections.

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