Posts Tagged ‘Blue Note Records’

Dianne Reeves – I’m In Love Again

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Yesterday we lost one of the all-time great record execs and classiest A&R men in the biz when, Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a legendary figure in jazz, passed away in New Jersey at the age of 79. Bruce was famous for his passion for music and for treating musicians and songwriters with the utmost respect during a long and prosperous career. Bruce started out at Columbia Records beginning in 1960, with a move to the Elektra/Musician label in 1982, to ultimately reviving Blue Note Records in 1984 (until stepping down as president in 2010). Bruce worked closely with the label’s earlier roster including legends like Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard and signed new artists ranging from Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and John Scofield, to Norah Jones, Us3, Terrence Blanchard, and Al Green.

One day in 2008, we cold called Bruce at his office at Blue Note Records and although he was the president of the label, he answered his own phone. We asked him if it would be alright to come over and play him some songs Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin and Madeleine Peyroux had just recorded for a Cy Coleman tribute album and could we get his opinion. For the rest of the afternoon we were in his office listening to tracks, listening to his stories of Cy, the producers and artists he knew through these songs and the projects he was working on and he wondered if he could he send Dianne Reeves over a song or two to consider for her new album. It was an afternoon we’ll never forget.

So, we’re thinking of Bruce and we offer up this week’s top tune in his honor. It’s one of our favorite Cy Coleman ballads with lyrics by Peggy Lee and Bill Schluger and comes from the great vocalist, Dianne Reeves and her 2008 album, When You Know. Thank you sir, you will be dearly missed!

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman, Bill Schluger) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing (ASCAP) / contact:

Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) / contact:

Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Nancy Wilson – The Best is Yet to Come

It would be most remiss of us not to give a huge Happy 75th Birthday shout out to Blue Note Records, the preeminent American jazz and hard bop label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in New York City. In November the label will release the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. The 400-page hardcover book will celebrate over seven decades of extraordinary music and their ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression”.

We’ve highlighted many master recordings this year from our very own uncompromising expressionist & Blue Note artist, Rosanne Cash. This week’s Top Tune comes from one of the many jazz vocalists and artists on the legendary label who have recorded multiple tunes from the Notable catalog. She was one of the most artistically & commercially successful artists in Capitol Records group history, the great Nancy Wilson.

Wilson’s version of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s classic “The Best is Yet to Come” was released on the 1963 Top 5 Billboard album, Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues. Her version predates the Frank Sinatra/Count Basie version arranged by Quincy Jones that has since served as the standard interpretation of the song but squarely packs a punch. The arrangement was courtesy of the late-great West Coast Jazz master, Gerald Wilson.

Nancy recalls of the session: “The energy level was so high back then because you knew you had to get it right today – you really couldn’t come back in tomorrow and do it again”. Wilson continues: “We didn’t need two years to do an album then. We were already doing these songs everynight and the arrangers would know how to get the most out of a song. The musicians were so great and could read so well, all you had to do was put the charts in front of them and they could get ‘em down.”

Thank you to The Breeders’ Cup for making this week’s tune your signature tune for the 3rd year in a row! Tune in this Saturday Nov 1 for an encore performance of the song LIVE on NBC at 8p ET by Kristin Chenoweth before the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Rosanne Cash – Night School

Rosanne Cash is a national treasure. Her ability to illuminate the human condition in song and story is breathtaking and she’s done it for years. She is a deeply compassionate, people’s poet” – Cory Chisel to Rolling Stone Magazine.

We could not have summed it up better! Fittingly, Rosanne Cash will be presented with Smithsonian Magazine‘s prestigious 2014 American Ingenuity Award on Oct 16th in Washington D.C. by T Bone Burnett. The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards annually honors 10 of the most inspired pioneers in America at the forefront of science, technology, art and education.

Cash, an outspoken advocate of artist’s rights and fair compensation for songwriters, passionately testified on behalf of creators and musicians on Capitol Hill this summer before the House Judiciary Committee on music licensing. You can read her excellent letter to the committee HERE.

This week’s Top Tune is “Night School” from Rosanne’s recent & highly acclaimed Blue Note Records debut, The River & the Thread. It is a song that Elvis Costello described to Rolling Stone in its “Guest List” column as one that “comes into my head when I’m least expecting it”. One of his favorite new songs of the year. It’s melody and string arrangement married to Cash’s lyrics by co-writer and producer John Leventhal, so beautifully done and the performance a huge stand out for us of her live show.

Rosanne and her band return to the West Coast this week for a special concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Oct 2nd or catch them Oct 5th in S.F. at the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – Golden Gate Park!

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Contact & Licensing info:

Rosanne Cash is published by Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / John Leventhal is published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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Rosanne Cash – 50,000 Watts

It’s a hard road but it fits your shoes
Son of rhythm and brother of the blues.
The sound of darkness, the pull of the oak
Everything is broken and painted in smoke.

“50,000 Watts”, one of our faves from Rosanne Cash‘s highly acclaimed new album, The River & the Thread, is a a sweet gospel-inflected tune which features a great guest vocal by Cory Chisel. It’s a song about Memphis radio station WDIA, which advertised itself as “50,000 Watts of good will”.

Cash, who has charted 21 top 40 country singles, including 11 Number Ones, wrote all of the new album’s songs with her longtime collaborator and husband, John Leventhal. The River & the Thread entered at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart marking Rosanne’s highest Soundscan-era debut and highest overall rank of her groundbreaking career. The album, produced and arranged by Leventhal, is a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South. It’s unique sounds draw from country, blues, gospel and rock, reflecting a soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region.

“It is inconceivable that there will be a more beautiful album that this in 2014″Elton John. We couldn’t agree more!

Check out Rosanne Cash and her band in concert - March 18th, New City’s Town Hall. Click here for more tour dates and info.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Rosanne Cash published by Chelcait Music (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / John Leventhal is published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP). Master controlled by Blue Note Records. Contact: Doug James /

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