Explore Blue Note Records’ New Spotify App – Launched Today

 

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.

After peeping the screen shots, pick up a few more details on our release page and the Rolling Stone article.

Download the app for free and get to diggin!

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Screen shots of the Blue Note Spotify app after the jump

New Release: Lionel Loueke – ‘Heritage’

 

West African jazz guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke today releases his incredible third album, Heritage, co-produced by Blue Note label mate Robert Glasper.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a gentle virtuoso,” Lionel approaches Heritage with a journey into a more electric sound with his new trio, including Derrick Hodge (electric bass), Mark Guiliana (drums), and Robert Glasper contributing piano and keyboards on six tracks. Singer Gretchen Parlato offers background vocals on two tracks, further weaving the already beautiful tapestry of sound.

In the below video, get a behind the scenes look at the recording process of Heritage. And next week, join Lionel as he kicks of his fall tour, beginning with three shows at NYC’s Blue Note September 4-6.

Enter our contest to win Heritage.

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Robert Glasper To Release ‘Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP’

 

After experiencing overwhelming and well deserved success with his recent Black Radio release, Robert Glasper is now gearing up to release a remix EP. Called Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, the project includes both unreleased tracks and remixes. The remixers include Glasper, Questlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, along with some additional flair compliments of Black Milk, Phonte, The Roots, and Solange.

Peep the track list below and be sure to catch Rob and the guys on tour this fall for some spiritual healing.

Tracklisting for Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP
1. Afro Blue feat. Erykah Badu / 9th Wonder’s Blue Light Basement Remix feat. Phonte
2. Black Radio feat. yasiin bey / Pete Rock Remix
3. The Consequences of Jealousy feat. Meshell Ndegeocello / Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Sassy Geemix
4. Twice / ?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix feat. Solange Knowles & The Roots
5. Letter to Hermione (feat. Bilal) / Robert Glasper and Jewels Remix feat. Black Milk
6. Dillatude #2

Tour Dates
September 15 – Indianapolis Jazz Festival – Indianapolis, IN
September 23 – iTunes Festival @ The Roundhouse – London, England
September 26 – Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – Milwaukee, WI
October 4 – Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
October 5 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
October 6 – Traif – Buffalo, NY
October 7 – The Egg – Albany, NY
October 9 – Royalton – Fairfield, CT
October 11 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
October 12 – Ram’s Head – Baltimore, MD
October 13 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
October 16 – SOB’s – New York, NY
October 19 – The Hoxton – Toronto, Ontario
October 20 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
October 21 – Lincoln Theatre – Columbus, OH
October 25 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA
October 26 – Discovery Green – Houston, TX
October 27 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA (Trio)
October 28 – Anthology – San Diego, CA
November 1 – Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco, CA
November 4 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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Interview: Pete Rock to Play @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC – June 30

 

Yep. Pete Rock will be spinning at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this Saturday, June 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mecca And The Soul Brother.

We caught up with Pete this week for a few questions asking him to look back, share what’s coming up, and let us know what’s good for the big night!

More info on Saturday’s event, including ticket link.

Giant Step: Looking back, what’s your fondest memory from recording Mecca And The Soul Brother?

Pete Rock: Working with Heavy D doing “The Basement” song.

GS: If you had to pick today, what’s your favorite track on the album and why?

Pete Rock: “Reminisce” is my favorite track because it is my tears on wax.

GS: To you, who was Pete Rock then and who is Pete Rock today?

Pete Rock: Pete Rock then was a young, excited DJ and producer trying to reach my goals. Today I am a father, husband, and legend trying to keep hip hop alive.

GS: We know it’s going to be hotness regardless, but what can folks expect to hear at LPR on saturday?

Pete Rock: Everything!!! The music I grew up with that influenced me. A special mix of my favorite songs off of Mecca And The Soul Brother and the music that inspired that album.

GS: Looks like Petestrumentals II is brewing. What’s in store? What can you tell us about the Petestrumentals of 2001 versus this new one?

Pete Rock: Yes, Petestrumentals II is creatively in the works. There won’t a be a huge difference, just a continuation from the first album.

GS: What else is new with you? Any other gems being concocted in the lab?!

Pete Rock: Yes, lots of projects are being developed. First one out this year is the Camp Lo project titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s. Working on a DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock project that will come out in late 2013. Also collaborating with Roy Ayers and working with Robert Glasper.

GPWW: 5/31/12 Worldwide Family Mixtape featuring Robert Glasper

This week’s Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson features the versatile jazz pianist Robert Glasper in conversation, talking about some of his favorite tracks from the artists showcased on his latest album, Black Radio.

Check out Gilles other recent shows below.

Part 1
 

Part 2
 

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More Info & Track list

Gilles’ most recent shows:

GPWW: 05/24/2012 Box Of Delights with guest DJ Distal

GPWW: 05/17/12 Worldwide Family Mixtape with Juk Juk

GPWW: 05/10/12 Worldwide Mixtape with Gerry Read