Item description for Blue Note Records: The Biography by Richard Cook...
Blue Note Records is arguably the single most recognizable record label in the history of recorded music. To millions of jazz fans around the world, Blue Note is more than a business, more than a back catalogue of extraordinary music, even more than an exciting sound and a distinctive look. It is the heart of jazz. It is Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Kenny Burrell, and the ubiquitous Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - all making their most significant early recordings under the auspices of the Blue Note genius. Blue Note Records: The Biography chronicles the life of the most famous and influential jazz label of them all. Here is the detailed history of the label from the beginning days in 1939 when two German immigrants, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, began recording and releasing the hot jazz that they loved. It's all here, from the development, to the rise, fall and rebirth. From Sidney Bechet to Norah Jones, Richard Cook examines life behind the scenes and a parallel analysis of all the major records released throughout Blue Note's history. The pioneering label of jazz's golden age, Blue Note Records is still a conspicuous arbiter of style that continues to have influence. Richard Cook captures the subtle art of Rudy van Gelder's distinctive, oft-imitated recording techniques, Francis Wolff's invaluable jazz photography, and Reid Miles' cool, trend-setting album designs which together set the standard that became - and continues to be - the classic symbol of the best in jazz.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2003
Publisher Justin, Charles & Co.
ISBN 1932112103 ISBN13 9781932112108
Reviews - What do customers think about Blue Note Records: The Biography?
Read if for the Good Stuff Apr 22, 2007
I can't disagree with the negative critics of this book. Every time Cook starts his condescending "jazz critic" schtick, I cringe. But I loved his research, his chronology -- everything that told me the history of this wonderful record label. I'm glad I have the book in my jazz library.
GREAT...IF NEW TO BLUE NOTE... Jan 23, 2006
Yes, I was hoping for some sort of in-depth tell-all... However,what I came across was a pretty good read and better than most(of this type) overview of a record company. Blue Note certainly deserves MORE...and it will come. But I must say that I did enjoy the book and that it was both entertaining and informative. The author does "intrude" with his own personal taste as to let's say Dexter Gordon's works...but heh, I agree with him on this...& I found his observations on the many other STARS: Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan...etc, to be pretty much ON TARGET....according to ME...but I'm no expert. I will say that reading this book has encouraged me to seek out certain composers/leaders & their works & has helped in building a jazz collection of Blue Note classics...& after all, isn't that what it's all about.....
Total let down. Jan 8, 2006
This is a book for the Irritating Jazz "Critic". The type who held such power over the scene at the time, making and breaking as they pleased.
For a start the book is obviously a vehicle for the authors favourites. Paragraphs galore are available for certain artsts, somewhat inexplicably for Coltrane (whose only recording for blue note is actually rubbished.) The name Sidney Bechet is quoted almost paragraph to paragraph. Jackie Maclean too.
I found myself really disliking the book after Dexter Gordons entire blue note catalouge was rubbished.
It only achieves the second star as it give a few new names to check out. If you must buy it wait till you find it second hand for a dollar.
I really wanted to like this book Jul 19, 2004
I was disappointed with the fairly dry presentation of material that I expected to be so interesting. The book is not without it's merits for the jazz lover who enjoys the recordings described. there is some inside info here but not much that couldn't be gathered from reading the excellent liner notes on the cd's themselves. The music captured on the Blue Note label is one of the great joys of my life. The RVG series of reissues on CD are consistently outstanding and capture a cultural period that was almost unbelievable in terms of the talent and creativity being expressed. I bought this book because I couldn't resist the desire to know as much as possible about the period and the personalities involved. The treatment here is adequate at best and at times quite dull. Sorry, but I can't give this more than 3 stars and that is based on the subject matter more than the style in which it is presented.
what a waste Apr 6, 2004
the 6o's Blue note records are some of the greatest recordings, especillay the reissues of Rudy Van Gelder series. Any book has a lot of potential on this topic but the author is clueless-no research, no "where are they now", no inside information. Don't waste your time or money-I've seen liner notes with more insight than this.Buy the music instead.