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Uncompromising Expression: Singles Collection / Various[CD]
"Uncompromising expression" was the tenet of Blue Note founder Alfred Lion, whose dreams were realized in spectacular fashion as his label compiled arguably the most impressive, eclectic catalog in jazz. Uncompromising Expression is the title of the new official illustrated history of Blue Note, and of this companion piece: 5 CDs covering "From Boogie to Bop" (1939–53), "Messengers, Preachers and Hard Bop" (1953–58), "Struttin’, Moanin’ and Somethin’ Else" (1958–60), "Bossa, Blues and Hits" (1961–65) and "Can You Dig It" (1953–2014). A 48-page booklet accompanies 75 tracks, from the label’s first signing, Meade Lux Lewis (Melancholy Blues), to beautiful progressive sounds by Derrick Hodge (Holding onto You). In between: Summertime Sidney Bechet; Straight No Chaser Thelonious Monk; Bouncin’ with Bud Bud Powell; Safari Horace Silver; Tempus Fugit Miles Davis; Back at the Chicken Shack Jimmy Smith; Brownie Speaks Clifford Brown; Decision Sonny Rollins; Blue Train Pt. 1 John Coltrane; Moanin’ Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; Somethin’ Else Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis; One Mint Julep Freddie Hubbard; Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock; Ernie’s Tune Dexter Gordon; The Sidewinder Lee Morgan; Black Byrd Donald Byrd; I Can’t Stand the Rain Cassandra Wilson; Better Days Diana Reeves; Don’t Know Why Norah Jones; Modern Blue Rosanne Cash; Liquid Spirit Gregory Porter, and more brilliance on Blue Note! Blue Note.
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