Blue Note Records has announced the details of the second volume of their boxset subscription series Blue Note Review. The new box set, curated by Blue Note President Don Was is available exclusively via the Blue Note Review Website and will begin shipping by the first week of December. The boxset is limited to 2000 sets, an increase from the Volume One release, which quickly sold out.
According to PR for the Volume Two release, the set will have more music than Volume One with the addition of a second classic catalog reissue title. Joe Harley “Tone Poet” for Blue Note Records was brought on to supervise the mastering and manufacturing of the Review reissues and new compilation and all music for the release was mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray of CoHEARent Audio.
As per the PR:
Included in Blue Note Review: Volume Two – Spirit & Time are:– An exclusive new compilation album on 2-LP, 180g vinyl (CD version also included) of current drummers from the Blue Note roster and beyond including Brian Blade, Kendrick Scott, Tony Allen, Chris Dave, Nate Smith, Eric Harland, and Rob Turner (of GoGo Penguin) paying tribute to the great Tony Williams by re-interpreting Williams’ compositions from the six albums he made for Blue Note between 1985-1992: Foreign Intrigue,Civilization, Angel Street, Native Heart, The Story Of Neptune, and Tokyo Live. The album culminates with a previously unreleased recording of Williams’ quintet performing his tune “Juicy Fruit” from the 1992 concerts that produced Tokyo Live.– An all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g vinyl audiophile reissue of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ album Africaine featuring Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Walter Davis Jr., and Jymie Merritt. The album was recorded on November 10, 1959, but not first released until 1979. The session was Shorter’s first record date with The Jazz Messengers and featured two of his compositions: “Africaine” and “Lester Left Town.”– An all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g vinyl audiophile reissue of Bobby Hutcherson’s album Patterns featuring James Spaulding, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, and Joe Chambers. The album was recorded on March 14, 1968, but not first released until 1980. Four of the album’s six compositions were written by Chambers, the drummer and composer who was a key collaborator of Hutcherson’s throughout the 1960s.– Two 12×12 lithographs of Art Blakey and Elvin Jones by photographer and Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff.– A set of 20 Topps Blue Note Trading Cards based on Topps’ 1959 Baseball Trading Cards featuring artists including Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Lloyd, Robert Glasper, and more.– The zine Out Of The Blue featuring a fascinating collection of pieces edited by Elissa Middleton that includes: an essay on Tony Williams by Brian Blade, a conversation between Billy Hart and Victor Lewis about Williams, a portrait of Bud Powell by Colleen Williams (Tony’s wife), a poem by Jack Grapes, a comic drawn by Keith Henry Brown about an encounter between Art Blakey and Freddie Hubbard as told by Terence Blanchard, and more.– The book Spirit & Time: Jazz Drummers On Their Art edited by Elissa Middleton featuring insights from drummers about their craft drawn from conversations she’s had with greats including Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Joe Chambers, Barry Altschul, Kenny Washington, and others.– A Blue Note Carbon Fiber Anti-Static Record Brush
SOURCE: Press Release – November 26, 2018