This hour it’s real-life legend of the label synonymous with the best in jazz since 1939: Blue Note Records. We’ll spend the hour talking with veteran Blue Note man Michael Cuscuna about the label’s humble beginnings in a New York apartment, the rise of the so-called Blue Note sound in the 1950s, and how commercial success ironically led to Blue Note’s undoing in the 1960s. And we’ll hear how Blue Note has now found its way back into the hearts and playlists of contemporary jazz fans, and explore how the photography of Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff shaped—and continues to shape—the Blue Note mystique. (59:00)
Photo: Guitarist Grant Green appeared on more recording dates for Blue Note Records from 1961-1965 than any other artist. Photo by Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff.
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