The legendary Blue Note Records today releases their brand new Spotify app! Journey the label’s entire catalog from 1939 to present, spanning everything from “Jazz to Jay-Z.” Christmas might have come early, if we do say so ourselves. And we are so excited to share the scoop on this one with y’all.
The app allows you to traverse the historic evolution of Blue Note in a profound way:
“from the early jazz of Sidney Bechet to the trailblazing bebop of Thelonious Monk, from Art Blakey’s quintessential hardbop thru Ornette Coleman’s avant-garde flights, from Jimmy Smith’s grinding organ soul jazz leading to Donald Byrd’s funky R&B fusion and on into today’s modern explorations such as Robert Glasper’s unique blend of jazz with hip hop, and beyond.”
Explore the Blue Note catalog using your choice of filter (musical style, era, or instrument), a timeline, or styles (traditions, groove, voices). The app also offers the ability to see who sampled each Blue Note record. Users can purchase Blue Note merch using the app as well. Below, Rolling Stone breaks down the limitless playground that is the sample tracking portal:
“Blue Note partnered with the hip-hop sample database WhoSampled.com for a feature that shows how its catalog has also been matriculated into pop, providing side-by-side examples of the original Blue Note recording and the way it was used. For instance, a drum break from bebop saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s 1969 take on the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” found its way onto Madonna’s 1994 cut “I’d Rather Be Your Lover,” as well as tracks by De La Soul, Joe and Puff Daddy; in the app, you can listen to them all instantly.”
The screen shots of the app in action are a great way to wrap your head around the richness of the app. Check ‘em after the jump – pretty freakin’ incredible it all is.
Download the app for free and get to diggin!
Timeline: “Explore the Blue Note catalog chronologically from the label’s very first recording session with boogie woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis in 1939 to the most recent album,Heritage by African jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, which was released last month. The app features every Blue Note title available in Spotify. Diversions abound with each album page connecting to the artist pages of the leader and sidemen on the session allowing the user to find their own way down an endless path of discovery with full-album streaming available at every turn.”
Filter: “Explore the catalog by musical style, era or even by instrument. The Artists and Blue Note 101 sections offer a filter to help guide the user through the label’s different styles of music: Tradition (Thelonious Monk, Jason Moran), Groove (Lou Donaldson, Robert Glasper) and Voices (Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones).”
Blue Break Beats: “Blue Note partnered with the website Who Sampled to take the user on a tour of music that contains samples from the Blue Note catalog, placing the original versions alongside the sampled versions by artists such as Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, Common, Madonna, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Usher, and Wu-Tang Clan.”
Artists: Learn more about any Blue Note artist that tickles your fancy. Find artist bios, collaborators, influencers, and a historical contextualization of the artist in one pretty place.
Blue Note 101: Cozy up with this feature and learn more about jazz in a straightforward and easily palatable way. This area is rich with jazz history and information on the various styles, complete with descriptions and audible examples for each.