Uncompromising Expression: The Singles Collection (5-CD)
by Various Artists

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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - p.106
4 stars out of 5 -- "[V]ivid snapshots of the label's electric output, which over eight decades has ranged from boogie-woogie, swing and hard bop to free jazz, fusion and hip hop."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Melancholy Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
  • 2.Reminiscing at Blue Note - Earl Hines
  • 3.Summertime - Sidney Bechet
  • 4.Profoundly Blue - Edmond Hall
  • 5.Doctor Jazz - Art Hodes Chicagoans
  • 6.Topsy - Ike Quebec
  • 7.Tiny's Boogie Woogie - Tiny Grimes
  • 8.Oop-Pop-a-Da - Babs Gonzales
  • 9.Thelonious - Thelonious Monk
  • 10.The Thin Man - Art Blakey
  • 11.Moody's All Frantic - James Moody
  • 12.Double Talk - Fats Navarro
  • 13.Bouncin' With Bud - Bud Powell
  • 14.Born to Be Blue (Instrumental) - Wynton Kelly
  • 15.Straight No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
  • 16.Bags' Groove - Milt Jackson
  • 17.Yesterdays - Miles Davis
  • 18.Roccus - Lou Donaldson
  • 19.Safari - Horace Silver Trio
  • 20.Tempus Fugit - Miles Davis
  • 21.Carvin' the Rock - Lou Donaldson

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Message from Kenya - Art Blakey
  • 2.The Preacher - Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers
  • 3.The High and the Mighty - Jimmy Smith
  • 4.Brownie Speaks - Clifford Brown
  • 5.Jay - J.J. Johnson
  • 6.Wee - Dot (Live at Birdland, New York, NY / 1954) - Art Blakey
  • 7.Decision - Sonny Rollins
  • 8.D.B. Blues - Kenny Burrell
  • 9.Funk in Deep Freeze (Instrumental) - Hank Mobley
  • 10.Oscalypso - Curtis Fuller
  • 11.Blue Train (Part 1) - John Coltrane
  • 12.Abdallah's Delight - Art Blakey
  • 13.Senor Blues (Vocal Version) - The Horace Silver Quintet

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Cool Struttin' - Sonny Clark
  • 2.Tenderly - The Three Sounds
  • 3.Ain't No Use - Bill Henderson
  • 4.Ain't No Use - Sonny Clark
  • 5.Encore (Mono 45) - Bennie Green
  • 6.Moanin' - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
  • 7.Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley
  • 8.The Rake - Dizzy Reece
  • 9.What's New - Jackie Mclean
  • 10.One Mint Julep - Freddie Hubbard
  • 11.Little Sheri (45 Single Take) - Stanley Turrentine
  • 12.True Blue - Tina Brooks

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Miss Ann's Tempo - Grant Green
  • 2.Midnight Special - Jimmy Smith
  • 3.One O'Clock Jump - Jimmy Smith
  • 4.Ernie's Tune - Dexter Gordon
  • 5.Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
  • 6.Back at the Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
  • 7.The Good Life - Kenny Burrell
  • 8.Our Miss Brooks - Harold Vick
  • 9.Blue Bossa - Joe Henderson
  • 10.Elijah - Donald Byrd
  • 11.Blue Frenzy (Alternate Take) - Freddie Hubbard
  • 12.The Sidewinder (Part I) - Lee Morgan
  • 13.The Cape Verdean Blues - Horace Silver

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Theme from Electric Surfboard - Brother Jack Mcduff
  • 2.Black Byrd - Donald Byrd
  • 3.Chicago, Damn - Bobbi Humphrey
  • 4.Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) - Donald Byrd
  • 5.Always There - Ronnie Laws & Pressure
  • 6.It's Better Than Walkin' Out - Marlena Shaw
  • 7.Thinkin' About Your Body (Live at the Aquarius Theatre, Los Angeles, CA / 1986) - Bobby McFerrin
  • 8.Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3
  • 9.I Can't Stand the Rain - Cassandra Wilson
  • 10.Better Days - Dianne Reeves
  • 11.Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
  • 12.Smells Like Teen Spirit - Robert Glasper
  • 13.It's All over Your Body - José James
  • 14.Modern Blue - Rosanne Cash
  • 15.Liquid Spirit - Gregory Porter
  • 16.Holding Onto You - Derrick Hodge

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Richard Havers.
Recording information: Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York (01/05/1958); Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California (01/05/1958); Apex Studios, New York City (01/05/1958); Birdland, New York City (01/05/1958); Brooklyn Recording Studios, New York City (01/05/1958); London, England (01/05/1958); Mama Jo's Studio, Hollywood, California (01/05/1958); Manhattan Towers, New York City (01/05/1958); Media Sound Studios, New York City, New York (01/05/1958); Memphis, tennessee (01/05/1958); New York Noise, New York (01/05/1958); Rat The Aquarious Theatre, Los Angeles, California (01/05/1958); Reeves Sound Studio, New York City (01/05/1958); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (01/05/1958); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey (01/05/1958); Sorcerer Sound, New York City (01/05/1958); Sound On Sound, New York City, New York (01/05/1958); The Magic Shop, New York (01/05/1958); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California (01/05/1958); WOR Studios, New York City (01/05/1958); Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York (01/06/1939); Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California (01/06/1939); Apex Studios, New York City (01/06/1939); Birdland, New York City (01/06/1939); Brooklyn Recording Studios, New York City (01/06/1939); London, England (01/06/1939); Mama Jo's Studio, Hollywood, California (01/06/1939); Manhattan Towers, New York City (01/06/1939); Media Sound Studios, New York City, New York (01/06/1939); Memphis, tennessee (01/06/1939); New York Noise, New York (01/06/1939); Rat The Aquarious Theatre, Los Angeles, California (01/06/1939); Reeves Sound Studio, New York City (01/06/1939); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (01/06/1939); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey (01/06/1939); Sorcerer Sound, New York City (01/06/1939); Sound On Sound, New York City, New York (01/06/1939); The Magic Shop, New York (01/06/1939); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California (01/06/1939); WOR Studios, New York City (01/06/1939); Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York (01/12/1963); Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California (01/12/1963); Apex Studios, New York City (01/12/1963); Birdland, New York City (01/12/1963); Brooklyn Recording Studios, New York City (01/12/1963); London, England (01/12/1963); Mama Jo's Studio, Hollywood, California (01/12/1963); Manhattan Towers, New York City (01/12/1963); Media Sound Studios, New York City, New York (01/12/1963); Memphis, tennessee (01/12/1963); New York Noise, New York (01/12/1963); Rat The Aquarious Theatre, Los Angeles, California (01/12/1963); Reeves Sound Studio, New York City (01/12/1963); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (01/12/1963); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey (01/12/1963); Sorcerer Sound, New York City (01/12/1963); Sound On Sound, New York City, New York (01/12/1963); The Magic Shop, New York (01/12/1963); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California (01/12/1963); WOR Studios, New York City (01/12/1963); Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York (01/28/1961); Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California (01/28/1961); Apex Studios, New York City (01/28/1961); Birdland, New York City (01/28/1961); Brooklyn Recording Studios, New York City (01/28/1961); London, England (01/28/1961); Mama Jo's Studio, Hollywood, California (01/28/1961); Manhattan Towers, New York City (01/28/1961); Media Sound Studios, New York City, New York (01/28/1961); Memphis, tennessee (01/28/1961); New York Noise, New York (01/28/1961); Rat The Aquarious Theatre, Los Angeles, California (01/28/1961); Reeves Sound Studio, New York City (01/28/1961); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (01/28/1961); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey (01/28/1961); Sorcerer Sound, New York City (01/28/1961); Sound On Sound, New York City, New York (01/28/1961); The Magic Shop, New York (01/28/1961); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California (01/28/1961); WOR Studios, New York City (01/28/1961); Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York (02/05/1941); Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California (02/05/1941); Apex Studios, New York City (02/05/1941); Birdland, New York City (02/05/1941); Brooklyn Recording Studios, New York City (02/05/1941); London, England (02/05/1941); Mama Jo's Studio, Hollywood, California (02/05/1941); Manhattan Towers, New York City (02/05/1941); Media Sound Studios, New York City, New York (02/05/1941); Memphis, tennessee (02/05/1941); New York Noise, New York (02/05/1941); Rat The Aquarious Theatre, Los Angeles, California (02/05/1941); Reeves Sound Studio, New York City (02/05/1941); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (02/05/1941); Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey (02/05/1941); Sorcerer Sound, New York City (02/05/1941); Sound On Sound, New York City, New York (02/05/1941); The Magic Shop, New York (02/05/1941); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California (02/05/1941).
One of several projects and events undertaken during Blue Note's 75th anniversary celebration, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression - The Singles Collection is a five-disc box compiled from the label's history. Producers Richard Havers and Tim Breach undertook a Sisyphean task here. Blue Note issued hundreds of singles in both 78 and 45 rpms from its founding in 1939 through the latter heydays of the late '70s, and continues to release them in various formats in the 21st century. It was impossible to satisfy anyone who had more than a cursory interest in the label, let alone everyone, in only 75 tracks. Perhaps the least argumentative disc here is the first, From Boogie to Bop 1939-1953, which contains not only the earliest label sides cut by Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Sidney Bechet, but also Art Hodes, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Dorham, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, and Bud Powell, to name a few. The second disc, Messengers, Preachers and Hard Bop, becomes controversial. There are wonderful selections: Clifford Brown's "Brownie Speaks" with Lou Donaldson, John Coltrane's "Blue Trane, Pt. 1," Sonny Rollins' "Decision," and Jimmy Smith's killer reading of Dmitri Tiomkin's "The High and the Mighty" among them. One has to wonder why Silver's classic "Se¤or Blues" is presented in its vocal version with Bill Henderson, and why there are two Art Blakey percussion-only selections. Disc three's Struttin', Moanin' and Something Else 1958-1960 covers the glory years of hard bop with almost consistently fine selections by Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, Jackie McLean, and more, but here again, there is another Henderson appearance -- "Ain't No Use" with Smith's trio -- while more worthy singles were omitted. The Bossa Blues and Hits 1961-1965 disc is too limited in scope. Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Green, and Herbie Hancock are here (his "Watermelon Man" is, while "Maiden Voyage" isn't), among others. That said, it is inexcusable that Wayne Shorter and Bobby Hutcherson -- to name just two -- are not. The final volume, Can You Dig It? 1953-2014, feels rushed and almost schizoid as it tries to include "everything else." There are great soul-jazz and funk jams by Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Donald Byrd, and Bobbi Humphrey, as well as smoother pop sounds from Bobby McFerrin, Norah Jones, and Rosanne Cash. A massive label typo reverses Cassandra Wilson's reading of "I Can't Stand the Rain" with Dianne Reeves' "Better Days." The hybrid sounds of hip-hop, neo-soul, and jazz are represented by Us3, Robert Glasper, Jos‚ James, Gregory Porter, and Derrick Hodge. Despite quirky track selections and glaring omissions, most of what's here is excellent and the compilers have done an admirable if sometimes quizzical job in representing just how important Blue Note was -- and remains -- to formulating the role of jazz in popular music. The package also contains a booklet with a historical essay by Havers and a slew of excellent photos by the iconic Francis Wolff. ~ Thom Jurek

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