It’s a good day for Jazz lovers—iTunes has just added Blue Note Records to its list of labels on the store. That’s not all, iTunes Radio is also featuring Blue Note in a special channel that streaming music from 75 years of The Finest In Jazz.
Blue Note says its goal is to deliver all of its albums to iTunes. All of the 100 albums will be “Mastered for iTunes,” a technique recommended by Apple to ensure listeners get the best quality digital music possible.
Today’s catalog releases include a 75-track anniversary collection titled Blue Note 75 that spans the label’s entire history as well as six exclusive introductory 10-track Blue Note 101 compilations. A series of Blue Note Select collections will also be featured beginning with Miles Davis’ Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums on May 19, and Clifford Brown’s Brownie Speaks: The Complete Blue Note Recordings, which will be released June 10.
Blue Note’s iTunes space will feature a monthly Artist Spotlight, beginning with today’s spotlight on Herbie Hancock. His Blue Note albums include his debut album Takin’ Off which was recorded 1962, and comprises numerous classics such as My Point Of View, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage, and Speak Like A Child.
The iTunes Radio station dedicated to Blue Note Jazz will feature songs from all 75 years of the catalog and will be updated as new music is released. Artists will include one of my personal all-time favorites, Thelonious Monk.